Thursday 3 November 2011

Challenge 71..........

Its Sugar Bowl time!!!!! Blimey these weeks are flying by!!

This fortnight there is a fabulous sketch with the theme of PATCHWORK!!

Pop ove to the Challenge Blog and check out the sketch and the inspiration!!

Here is my card!!!

I have used a Sassy Stamp called CARNIVAL BALLOON

The prize is a fab set of stamps of your choice, so have a go!!

Got to dash

Take care all!!

Hugs Sarah B X

Wednesday 26 October 2011

Opps.....a little fib.......

Hello all, well the chest infection is taking hold!!!! Hey ho to be on half term holiday!!!!

Anyway, I told a little fib yesterday, the Daisy Candle wasn't my first.........How could I forget this cutie!!!!!

Humphrey was actually my first attempt at a decorated candle!!! And I made it to match I card I created.

I am trying to get ahead of things and this is Emily's Christmas card and little gift!!

Here is the sentiment which came with the stamp plate.

Isn't he cute, although I do think it is girlie too!

Hope you like I'm off to lay down now and watch some craft!!

Take care all and thnaks for all the lovely comments yesterday!!

Hugs Sarah B X

Tuesday 25 October 2011

SOME CHANGES...........

Hello All! Hope everyone is well. Its half term and I'm ill!!!!!! But at least I can have lazy days.

So much has been happening and I'm sorry but my blog has been neglected!!

Work is crazy but the new school year has started well, the children, although lots of them are Great!! I have a lot of boys this year but they are lovely!

There have been lots of changes, I have had to really things about things and have made some decisions about my Hobby!!

I have cut back on lots of DT work and now only have The Sugar Bowl left which I hope I can cope with. I have loved being on DTs but no matter how much you think its fun and undemanding, with a full time job and young family, I have finally admitted defeat!!

Anyway enough of me blathering on!! I'm going to show something I have only yried recently and love it!! Putting images onto candles. Emily - my daughter - loves it too!! So we are in the middle of sorting Christmas Presents for Everyone!!

Here is my first attempt and a tribute to my love of Sugar Nellie.

I used DAISY, she was a first love, and I still think she is cute!!

The candle was from ASDA, in a pack of 6. and they fit perfectly in the Pro Milk Carton!!
I think decorated it with embossed core-dinations - panels, flowers and leaves. I put some little gems inside the flowers.
The sentiment is from Stampin' Up.

I dont know about everyone else, but I am in need of trying something different with my craft, and I really enjoyed this! Its so simple.

Hope you like

Take care

Hugs Sarah B X

Thursday 20 October 2011

The Sugar Bowl Challenge 70

Good morning, everyone, Its Sugar Bowl time!! And another gorgeous sketch. Its very simple but I really found it a challenge, which is good

I have used a Sassy Image from Sugar Nellie, available at the Funky Kits called The Apple of My Eye.

Make sure you check out the Main challenge Blog for more inspiration, the cards are gorgeous!!!! Plus there is always a fab prize !!

Take care all got to dash

Hugs Sarah B X

Thursday 6 October 2011

The Sugar Bowl Challenge 69

It a quick post today for The Sugar Bowl, as I'm running a little late for work.

This card was made using Gayle's fab sketch and the theme was Green.

I used a Sherbet Pip, they are so cute!!!!!

Make sure you head over to the Challenge Blog, check out the prize and the rest of the DT Inspiration.

Remember too that Sugar Nellie are in the middle of a sneaky peek week, ready for the Blog Hop on Saturday!!!!

Have fun everyone.

Hugs Sarah B X

Sunday 2 October 2011

halloween is on its way...

... I love this time of year!! It might have something to do with it being my Birthday month, but October has always been a time of year I love, the nights are drawing in and I love all things spooky.... (but cute).

Sorry I've not been around for a while and I sound like such a broken record... but work is manic. Although I very rarely get stressed, cos I do tend to get things off my chest, I think its important to make people aware if things are too much or your not happy!!

I have made a lot of decisions lately. The main one is that I have stepped down from The Sugar Nellie Design Team. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time, but I'm finding deadlines hard to fulfil and I need to make my life easier. I need to get back to Craft being a Hobby, and although being on a DT is fun and has benefits its a stress I really don't need at the moment.

Anyway enough moaning onto what I have to share today. A Halloween Treat or Calendar Page for Anyone for Anya. I have gone for a Halloween Treat.....

His and Hers Halloween Treat Milk Cartons

I have used both images from the Greeting Farm Set... SWEET N TOXIC, from Dies to Die for. They have been coloured with a combination of Spectrum Noirs and Promarkers.

The cartons have been made using my Favourite Milk Carton Die from Sizzix, for the Bigshot Pro!! His was made using Old Olive from Stampin Up which I then embossed using a Tim Holtz texture Fade - it has lots of Halloween Words over it!!

His was made using the Milk Carton Die and Rich Razzleberry Cardstock from Stampin' Up.

Each carton was then embellished using a mixture of Martha Stewart Punches, Stampin Up card and Elzybells Sentiments.

Right now pop on over to the Challenge Blog, here check out the inspiration and who are sponsor is this week!!! Have a go!!!

Take care all.

See you soon

Hugs Sarah B X

Thursday 22 September 2011

The Sugar Bowl Challenge 68

Good morning all. Sorry for lack of posts but work is crazy as ever and I have no inclination to sit on the computer when I get home!!

Anyway, It Sugar Bowl time, and a chance for someone to win a fabberoonie prize!

Here is this fortnight's Sketch by the lovely Kiki.

I have flipped it as I bough the Embossing folder with the cogs and needed to use it so, thought it would fit here. THe cogs are various Tim Holtz Dies from Sizzix and the gorgeous image is a Sassy called AMELIA from Sugar Nellie, available at Funky Kits

Hope you like and it inspires you to have a go, pop over to the Blog and Check out the rest of the Team's inspiration, its always fabulous.

Have a good day and take care!

Hugs Sarah B X

Saturday 17 September 2011

A Sugar Nellie DT Card

Good Morning. Its Saturday. I think I may rename my Saturday Posts as


cos guess what??

yep! I have another post up!!

Today I am using this Stamp from the July Releases

This image is called TOGETHER IS WHERE I WANT TO BE
It is available now from Funky Kits
The other bits and pieces I have used are: A Sizzix Phases Die,

Papers from my stash and a gorgeous spotty ribbon I bought from Hobbycraft
I also thought I would use some pearls for the necklace, but I have a bit of an accident with them!!!! Don't put pearls on until you have run your image through a Bigshot(or other die cutting machine) to cut it with a spellbinder, I did and crushed them!!!!!!!DOH!!!!!!
have a fab Saturday

Hugs Sarah B X

Sunday 11 September 2011

autumn fun..........

Second post today!!! scroll down to check out my SN DT Card.

Today I am sharing a card which looks like my garden. We have a beautiful Japanese Maple and It looks beautiful for about one week in the year, when it turns all shades of red, but one gust of wind and the whole lot ends up on the grass, then the leaf fairy comes along and clears them away (that's DH, by the way!!)

I have used Sassy Suzi from The Greeting Farm, I bought her from Dies to Die For and have not done much with her, but her coat and hair, I think, really suits this Anyone for Anya Challenge.

I used the Tim Holtz, on the edge FENCE die, His bare tree die and a maple leaf punch, The backing paper is from MME, and finally the sentiment is from Stampin Up.

Check out the Challenge Blog for more great inspiration and if you join in remember to use a qualifying image - CC Designs or TGF - and you could win a fabulous prize!!

Have a lovely Sunday, I'm off for a well earned break of crafting, Ironing and Planning is all done.

Take care Hugs Sarah B X

festive friends

Well my first post over at Sugar Nellie didn't go as well as expected, please tell me what did I do wrong!!!!!Well!! Here is the card I shared, its called Festive Friends and is available at Funky Kits

I think its a great stamp, easy to colour and is enough on a card without too much detail and fuss.

I used Crumb Cake Cardstock for the base, and stamped lots of little christmassy images in Chocolate Chip Ink. I matted some real read paper, then used a sizzix frame which was embossed and sanded (used core'dinations) the image was then popped half in half out.

Hope you little (but maybe not!!)

Take care

Hugs Sarah B X

Friday 9 September 2011

The Sugar Bowl Challenge 67

Good morning everyone, sorry I'm so late with my Sugar Bowl Challenge Card. But here it is! With the new year of school starting (I'm a Year 3 Teacher for all those who didn't know) Us teachers need all the luck we can get. Parents find it so hard when their children start a new school, the children can find it difficult to settle, and we, as teachers find it very stressful. I'm getting to know 30 children this year, and already it has been a mix of emotions already.

So I am dedicating this card to all the Teachers going back to school this week. I did actually send it to our new NQT Teacher that started with us, she loved it.

The challenge was a fabulous sketch by Erika

and the Theme is "Use up your scraps"

Believe it or not the Strips behind the circle mat where scraps I had to hide all the gaps behind things, its quite a good way of using all those bits you just can't bare to throw away.

The image is from the Simply Sassy Range and is available from Funky Kits
she is called "I Love to Read"

I hope you like,

One lucky person, chosen at random, will win their pick of 4 Sugar Nellie stamps or if our entries reach over 100 you can choose 6 stamps!

Make sure you check out all the other inspiration over at The Sugar Bowl there are some uber talented ladies sharing what they do.

Have a lovely day

Hugs Sarah B X

Monday 5 September 2011

A Buggy Year

There has been a buzz on In Love With Stamping recently over CD Holders which are business card size. I have some, after a lovely lady did a share. I will share when I have created some.....

I looked on the web and found these CD Size Cases and created a larger size calendar. I had a play, and really like what I did, and It now sits on my desk so I never forget the date!!

I have used Poppy Parade papers and ribbon from stampin Up, along with black.

I used Lil' Bug from CC Designs - she has to be my fav.

I also used a small alphabet and punched out squares.

And when it is opened it reveals.....

I calendar. I also made a little badge so I can see Lil Bug.

I hope you like.

Thanks Emma for organising the share.

I started back at work today, the children are in tomorrow!!!!! Scary, it's gonna be a tough year!!!!

Take care

Hugs Sarah B X

Sunday 4 September 2011

back to school........

Oh No, I can's believe where the last 6 weeks have gone!!!!!!

This weeks theme for the Anyone for Anya Challenge is


I have used this cute CC Designs image which is called Peter - I Think!!!!!!!

so as we go back to the day to day routine I have gone for Back to School.

Each year I think of ways to encourage the children to read more and these are going to be prizes for the children who read at home!!!!

Have a lovely day lots to do to get organised for work tomorrow!!!!

Make sure you head to the Challenge blog, check out the inspiration (especially Susan's Luv it!"!!!!) and there is a fab prize if you are lucky enough to win!!

Take care

Hugs Sarah B X

Friday 2 September 2011

Day 2..............

Good morning to you all,

WOW!!! WOW!!!

What a response to yesterday's opening Hop, thank you for all your lovely comments. I have to say the images are the inspiration behind it all!!

If you have come here from the Sugar Nellie Blog you are one your way if not, pop back and check the info for today's hop

Today I have another image to share,

Another sweetie........

She is called "Wish upon a Star"

I decided to go with an easel card this time, and I really like to outcome!!

A really simple layout!!

Hope you like and remember leave a comment at each stop and one of you might get picked!!!!!!

No I'm going to pass you over to the Lovely Pat for some more fabulous inspiration enjoy!!

Hugs Sarah B X

Thursday 1 September 2011


Its here at last!!!!!!!

Today sees the start of the Sugar Nellie Blog Hop, to celebrate the The Christmas Stamp Releases, over at Funky Kits today at 10am.

Ok first things first, you should have come here from the main Sugar Nellie Blog, if not pop back and check out any details regarding today's blog hop.

Lets get started.........

Here is my first card, for this 2 day blog hop extravaganza!!!!!

Isn't she the most cutest fairy.

She is called Little Apprentice and she is one of the new releases available today at Funky Kits

As soon as they were sent to me I printed her out and coloured her in using my Copics, and went for a traditional colour combo, but theni went on my holidays...... so I had 2 weeks to think about what I was going to create with her...

I decided on a kriss cross style card, using various items from my stash.

Here is the card, open, this is going to be for someone very special!!!!!
I hope you like and this has wetted your appetites for looking at more!!!!!

But wait before you go make sure you leave a comment at each blog as Sugar Mama is going to pick a random winner!!!!!!

Right hop on over to to the gorgeous Ali and see what she has to tempt you.

Take care and enjoy the hop!!

Hugs Sarah B X

Tuesday 30 August 2011

for a teacher.........

Blimey how far behind am I with my sharing???????

Here I have used 2 Images from The Greeting Farm, the body of one and the head of another!! I like doing this you can really extend the use of stamps and they become limitless!!!!!

This was a gift and card for one of Cameron's teachers. I have used Stampin' Up's Star Punch and Various Circles, then finished them off with a threaded button. The sentiment is also Stampin' Up, along with label punches.

Here I threaded some thick ribbon through a bulldog clip - couldn't believe how expensive these are!!!!!!!!My favourite milk carton .......and the completed ensemble....... Hope you like

I have a sequence of posts planned around the milk carton die which will begin next month. I'm hoping to get a little more organised, it may mean only a few posts each week but hopefully they will be on regular days, I do find trying to post everyday while artwork very difficult!

Anyway If you have any ideas about how the milk carton can be used let me know.

Take care

Hugs Sarah B X