Friday 31 July 2009

The Sugar Bowl Challenge!

Well I thought I would get back to cards and what better way put to join in a challenge and as I am joining the House of Sugar, I thought I would join in The Sugar Bowl Challenge.
The Sketch for this challenge was done by Marlene, who is in Orlanda at the mo, at the CHA, lucky lady!!

Plus the added challenge of adding Doodles somewhere on the creation.

This is what I came up with. I bit of a zingy card!

I have used my new Manga Anime Stamp from Sugar Nellie, I love them just waiting for one more then I have the ful set.

The flowers I have layered up are Sizzix Sizzlets, They are gorgeous. I think the top layer really looks like a brad..........

..........with an added bit of bling.

Here is the doodling, there is lots more all over the card, once I started I couldn't stop!

Look at the dimension of these beautiful blooms!

Card Recipe:

Image: Sugar Nellie's Manga Anime, coloured using combination of Promarkers and Stampin' Up Markers
Ink: Memento, Old Olive from Stampin' Up
Cardstock: Certainly Celery and Old Olive from Stampin' Up, Oddments of Orange and Pink for Flowers, and other layers
Paper: My Mind's Eye from Trimcraft, Bazzil Bling from Stash
Sentiment: Stampin' Up Set: Sincere Salutations
Accessories: Buttons and Fibres from My Mind's Eye, Gem from Stash

Hope I have included everything.

Remember only 1 more day before the Blog Candy Giveaway closes, so get your choices and comments in.

Thanks for popping by and leaving all your lovely comments.
Hugs Sarah BX

Thursday 30 July 2009

Fulfilling a Challenge!!!!

Although it wasn't particularly a challenge as such, Paul from Crafty Blogocks, thought it might be challenging for me to create a masculine style Tote.

Well I think I have done it.................

I changed the handle. Rather than curved I made it chunky and angular. If you like this style I'm working on the details of how to make it and I'll post them as soon as it is done.
I really like this big screw detail, it was made using 2 circles punched from card, one cut in half and trimmed slightly and the other left, both were then distressed, inked then 3Ded.
This is definitely my Husbands style, "Grease Monkey" and wouldn't look out of place on his work bench.

I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to create the dimpled effect on the metallic card stock.

I heat embossed the background box card, and used lots of black ink wiped and sponged to give a real metal workshop look.

I started this post at 11.36 this morning and with all the interruptions have only just finished it.

Hope you like

Hugs Sarah B X

PS: I'm having a break from 3D papercraft and am going to make some cards to post. Getting in some practise for my new venture as a Design Team Member, although, as a twist i might bring more regular 3D projects to the House of Sugar.

See you Soon

Tuesday 28 July 2009

No Post Today!

Well I did have a card to post, but am feeling really rotten so I'm off back to bed!
Hope you all have a great day and I'll hopefully be back later.
Hugs Sarah B X

Monday 27 July 2009

Its Ready!!!!

Gosh that took a while!

Right the tutorial for the Tote-ally Pockets Tote is ready for purchase.

It is £4.00

It will come as 3 e-mails, cos even with PDF its quite large. This is due to the fact that I like to include lots of photos to help explain.

Have a go, its a great gift box for all occasions.

The dimensions are:

10cm by 10cm square plus added depth of the box and with the strap in stands about 20-25cm high.

Hope you enjoy,

Hugs Sarah B X

Sunday 26 July 2009

Work in progress!!!!!!!

Hi everyone, hope you are all enjoying your weekend.
I have been busy sorting out the photos for my next Tutorial.
Can't believe I've taken over 100 photos.

Wasn't sure what colours to go for so decided on my favourite combo, plus as its the holidays, I have used a stamp set I've not used for a while.

Right the tutorial will hopefully be available tomorrow, if all goes well, have a headache at the mo so going to have a break.

Enjoy whats left of the weekend and see you all soon!

Hugs Sarah B X

Saturday 25 July 2009

My New Creation!

I have had this as an idea for a while, as I keep seeing these totes everywhere, but would rather spend the money on stamps or other goodies, so I made one instead!! I'm really happy with the results.
Not sure of a name, being playing with the idea of Tote-ally Pockets, or Plentiful Pockets Tote.
I'll have to think some more!!!!
I really went to town on the card, It initially uses 1 piece of A3, then lots of A4 for the mats and layers.

This is the frontish view.

And this is the backish view!!

This is a close up of Pocket No. 1. I quite like this style as you can easily slot something in without the pocket sticking out to much, as it tapers down.
Also, due to my fantastic news this week and its the holidays I decided to treat my self to some more new stamps, These are so cute and such a good size. The are a new Collection, Fairy Doodles from a company called BuzzCraft. I got these from a local craft shop.

I also added a little detail using some papermania flowers I have and want to use up before buying any more. The leaf punch is another one I bought from a local craft shop, can't remember the company who made it.

Plus some gorgeous stitched Grosgrain from Stamping Up.

This is Pocket No. 2. This is a more traditional kind with a flap, very useful for more little surprises.

And here it is open!!!

Pocket No. 3 is a slimmer version of No. 1

And finally No. 4 is an opened top pocket, with scalloped edge detail.

I thought I would also go to town on the inside and created an exploding box style liner. It also makes it really sturdy if you want to use it to store tools, or pencils.

I hope you like this, I have made more in different colours, for different purposes so will share with you soon.
Thank you to everyone for their well wishes and congratulations as I embark on my new venture.
If it wasn't for all the fantastic people out there and their supportive comments I don't think I would be able to do it.
Hugs Sarah B X

Friday 24 July 2009

Retirement Card!

The TA I have been working with in Year 5 has retired, this was the card I created for her, to say thanks and enjoy her relaxation time!!

I love Daisy, she always seems to do the job.
I also added some bling!!!
Hope you like
Hugs Sarah B X

Thursday 23 July 2009


I have been fit to bust since the beginning of the week, when I was invited to join Sugar Nellie!!!!!
I am still in shock after crying at the e-mail, Hubbie had to finish reading it to me cos I couldn't believe it.
I still keep reading to check its not a joke, but today Karen announced, on the Sugar Nellie Blog, the final 8 Design Team Members and my name is there.
Can't wait to get started!!!!
Thank you everybody who has already left me a comment and congratulated me.
But a really big thank you has to go to my Stampin Up Mom, who, (I know it sound cheesy) I really wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her, Julie from Jule's Japes, has been great and soooooo supportive, I really wouldn't be blogging if she hadn't encouraged every step of the way, thank you, thank you, thank you, YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!
Hugs Sarah B X


Another Card! I'm moving Year Groups in September, soo thought I'd make the teacher I have been working with a card.

I have worked in Year 5 for two years and it has been tough. But we have both been there for each other adn Lisa has been very supportive.
Hope you like!
Hugs Sarah B X

Another Award!!!!

Thanks Teri I really appreciate it when I receive awards

I'm going to pass this award on to all the blogs I follow, so you know who you are, feel free to accept and display
Here are the rules for this award:
1.# By accepting this award you recognize that the giver ‘LIKES YOUR STYLE’.
2.# You agree to display this award proudly on your site, and include a post linking back to the giver.
3.# And because there are so many bloggers out there whose style you like, you will share this award with them… however many that may be.
Hugs Sarah B X

Wednesday 22 July 2009

Here it is!!

I have completed the box.
I'm off to have a bit more of a play and come up with some more inspiration, so pop back and see what I come up with.
Thanks for all your continued support
Hugs Sarah B X

Reveal and Release!

Well thank you for your ideas, I found it really hard to choose between two names Drawer 'n' Store or Drawer Galore, so asked Emily which she preferred and she chose
Thanks Jules, I've e-mailed you the template, and the completed and decorated box will be winging its way to you soon.
I'll be back later to show you the final decorated box.
If you are interested in purchasing the template and tutorial click on the Buy Now button below the box.
Thanks again
Hugs Sarah B X
PS: I have some very exciting news which I will hopefully be sharing with you very soon soon pop back again.

I'm having a competition........

Template is ready so hurry with those names, it goes on sales tomorrow
..........for anyone who is interested!

I am working on photographing the tutorial for my latest template and need a name for it.

This is part of it!

The prize.......

The template and tutorial details plus I'll send a completed Creation (different to the one above)

If you are interested, post details of this competition on your blog

anyone can enter (in UK and Europe, sorry USA), maybe when I'm rich and famous!LOL!)

So lets kick of the Holiday with some fun and get those names rolling in Please!!!!!

Hugs Sarah B X

PS: Competition closes on Wednesday, 22nd July, 2009, when the Template and Tutorial will be available for purchase!

Tuesday 21 July 2009

Some Extra Goodies and A Card!

Here are the goodies I included in the gift bag I shared yesterday.
They include a Covered Notebook, a pen and some chocolate!

Here is the Thank you card!

Here is some extra detail, I am loving the new Stamp Set I bought, Sincere Salutations, it has some lovely sentiments.
Hope you like.
Right I'm off to photograph and type up my new Template Tutorial.
Remember, the little competition I'm running to name my Template, ends tomorrow.
Had some great ideas so far.
Hugs Sarah B X

Monday 20 July 2009

A Final End of Year Teacher's Present.

This is the last teacher's present I have had to make. This time for my son's Y2 Teacher. SHe also taught my daughter, and she is a fantastic teacher.

This was made using one of Lauren Meader's new templates, If you purchase don't be put off its much easier than it looks!! LOL!!

I used a stamp that I bought from Dies to Dies for. It is Wendy from a stamp set from The Greeting Farm. I think it is really suited to a teacher.

The sentiment is from the Sincere Salutations, its a brilliant set from Stampin' Up.
The flowers are Prima, brads are also Stampin' Up. The papers were from my stash.
Last day at school day, can't wait!!!!!
Will be back tomorrow with the reveal of the surprises for the children.
Take care,
Hugs Sarah B X

Sunday 19 July 2009

I'm still here! ..... Just .......!!

Blimey what a week! its been manic, so much to do and so little time!!

Here is what I was up to Yesterday at Jules' Cupcake class, It was a great day and I met some lovely ladies, Hiya all!!!!

This is a box which holds four cards. Its was fairly easy to make once you had worked out the instructions, which I don't do well, I usually get stuck in and learn by error!!!!

A little bit of added detail and a lovely gift for someone is created. It could become a gift box to hold ingredients to make cupcakes.
The ladies in the class came up with lots of ideas how this could be adapted for different occasions. A Christmas Tree, a Rocket, a House, the list was endless!

Here are the cards that go inside the box. I'll be back tomorrow with more details on each of these cards.
Hope you have a lovely Sunday
Thanks for popping by
Hugs Sarah B X

Tuesday 14 July 2009

Another End of Year Card, and at Last a Challenge!!

This card is for Cameron's Headteacher. We have been associated with Cameron's Infant School and Nursery for 7 years, its such a long time. I remember the day when Emily first went to Nursery, just 7 days after Cameron was born. Seems like Yesterday and now he will be leaving to go to Junior School.

I Love these Sugar Nellie Stamps, and think they can suit all ages. This one in particular is my favourite. I also love these colours, perfect challenge from Passion for Promarkers!

Although the layout is perfect to the sketch, the card really did need the extra flower!! The sentiment is from the Fresh Cuts Stamp Set, which arrived yesterday, (been looking at this one for a while and finally weakened!LOL!!)
I also felt that the flowers and leaves didn't really need colouring so left them white for a change!

And a spot of doodling, again something I've not done much of!
Hope you like
Hugs Sarah B X