Scrapbooking on the Derwent Blog

Yesterday I was featured over on the Derwent Pencils blog showing how to use your colouring pencils in your Scrapbooking projects. Here is a tiny peek at the layout featured...
You can see the full post over on the Derwent blog here, it shows the complete step by step of putting the layout together.

I also meant to mention yesterday that Jaine has more pages in her fab Steampunk tag album over on her blog - you can see them here, I love what she's done with them! The CD has had such a fab response, you'll be seeing a lot more of it in craft magazines over the next few weeks - yay!

Thanks for popping by today!
Sarah x

Inspired by... Hexagons

One of the recent trends I LOVE and have even incorporated into my own product ranges is honeycomb / hexagons, I may be a little bit obsessed! I've been hunting high and low for a hexagon shaped punch but haven't found one *sob* but then last night while messing about with my Cricut I found on my 'Once Upon a Princess' cartridge some Hexagons - yay! It didn't matter that it was around 2am and my cricut is a bit noisy I had to cut them out right then (sorry neighbours! - actually I take that back, one of my neighbours has drums *sigh*)

I then stayed up into the wee small hours to put together this layout...
I cut my hexagons out of some old book pages from a french book I thrifted ages ago, and some scraps of Studio Calico and Amy Tangerine paper. Once I worked out my pattern I glued down my pictured and then added all my hexagons. As a finishing touch I stitched over some of them with brown embroidery thread.

here are a couple of close ups... (click to see them bigger!)
It was great to get back to crafting after a week or so of being too busy to get in my studio - I ended up making (or at least starting!) lots of projects. Today I was back to book research, product design and catching up on tons of emails after my email broke this morning! Lots of cups of Earl Grey have kept me going though and I think I might even make it back into my studio tomorrow night :o)

Thanks so much for dropping by
Sarah x

The End of a Busy Week!

Well, Friday has once again sneaked up on me! This week has been another super busy one and I feel like I've barely had chance to catch my breath let alone blog or craft.

At the beginning of this week I visited the UK craft trade show Stitches in Birmingham, I had just a few hours there Monday and a lot of show to see and people to meet up with!  Of course I had to make a teeny bit of time to go and see Tim demonstrating his new Distress Markers and the Distress Stains...
After my meetings I made the most of the couple of hours on the train home to catch up on some sleep! Tuesday I spent the whole day catching up on emails, phone calls and other bits of work that had come in on Monday - why is when you spend a day away from everything twice as much happens?!

Wednesday I was able to take a day to go and meet up with Emma at our second home, Selfridges in London, we shopped, gossiped and had lots and lots of coffee before heading home (with just one little yellow bag, such self restraint! ;o) )

Thursday was spent on book research, magazine write ups, a new work proposal, some product design and a bit of illustration, with lots of tea drinking in between of course! and today I had some errands to run (luckily my Mother in Law came to help - what a star! and B was home early to help too, yay!) and this afternoon, back to work again, although I do plan to take this evening off to snuggle and watch a film with B and Fuzzybutt, hopefully then they will forgive me for working most of the weekend! I can't wait to get back in my studio, my little fingers are itching to craft!

Finally, Melly has some fab projects to share over on her blog today with the new Easter Tea Party Kit - I hope you will pop over and take a look!

I hope you have a lovely weekend, I'll see you next week with some crafty projects,  guest blogging and some news!

Sarah x

More Steampunk Projects!

Today I'm sharing some more wonderful DT projects with the new Steampunk CD...
Clare made this lovely card...
 Jaine has been working on this fab Tag Album, to see all the pages pop over to her blog, I love it!
Elaine made this card using papers and elements from the CD with embossed card and distressing - gorgeous!

I'm sure I'll have more projects to share with you soon, my DT seem to be loving this collection! I'm still waiting for my printer cartridge to turn up as I have no ink to print it out myself - I'm always the last to get to play with my new collections! lol.

Thanks so much for dropping by
Sarah x

Another CHA Project - The Adventures of Fuzzybutt!

Last week I was featured over on the Basically Bare blog for two days showing another of the CHA projects I made for them with their new release 'Tiny Tabs' album - this was actually my favourite one to work with as it fits my Instax pictures perfectly!

You can see part one of my post here and part two here - it shows lots more details and pics!

Thanks so much for looking!

Sarah x

The Big Reveal! - The New Steampunk CD!!

As promised, today is the BIG reveal - we have been working excitedly behind the scenes to get samples ready to show you today (a big thank you to my lovely DT who have come up with some fabulous projects!) and here are all the details...

And here are a few of the DT projects for inspiration...

Nat made this gorgeous Scrapbook Layout...

 Claireliz made this gorgeous altered button tin...
Nikki made these gorgeous cards using the papers from the CD with her Tim Holtz Dies...

and Melly Made a Scrapbook page...
 and a card...
I hope you love it as much as we all do!

Unfortunately noone guessed the theme correctly in my little competition yesterday so there are no winners to announce :o( but I have made the mini kit available to buy here if you just want a little taster, here is a preview of the mini kit...
(Please don't buy both the mini kit and the CD as the elements in the mini kit are on the CD!)

Thanks so much for looking, I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. I'm hoping to get some time in my studio, I haven't had any time to craft for over a week and I'm missing it terribly! I will try to tuck myself away there for a few hours tomorrow with a cup of tea and an old film and get some pretties made to share with you next week.

Sarah x

Sneaky Peeks!

As promised, today I'm sharing the sneaky peeks with those of you who don't use Facebook, here we go...
(you can click on the images to make them bigger...)

sooooo, any guesses on the theme?? ;o)

Just leave me a comment with your guess. I will be picking one winner from any correct guesses to win a mini preview kit from this new collection!! (it will be sent as an instant download within 24 hours)  

please submit your guesses before 3pm GMT on 17th February to be entered, winner will be announced tomorrow on the reveal post!

All will be revealed tomorrow!!

Sarah x

A New Kit - Easter Tea Party!

Today I'm sharing the details of a brand new kit! my DT have been making some gorgeous projects with it and I can't wait to get some time in my studio to make some too! It's called Easter Tea Party...

Here are some of the papers (there are 16 papers in total - you may want to click to see them bigger)
 and here is the Embellishment sheet (you also get a sentiment sheet and 4 digi stamps)
And finally, a couple of projects from my lovely DT...

From Jess, a gorgeous card using the papers and a digi stamp, with a stamped Versamark image over the top

and from Lisa, a cute Easter treat bag...

There is another paper preview over on my Facebook page if you would like to see, along with more gorgeous projects with the Love Letters kit which I've posted over the last few days and the start of some sneak peeks of a brand new CD (I posted one little peek yesterday and will be posting another one up soon so keep an eye out!) more about that tomorrow!

Thanks so much for popping by :o)

Sarah x

Happy Valentines Day!

Wishing you all a very Happy Valentines Day!

I hope you will pop back tomorrow for details of a brand new product and some sneaky peeks of something coming later this week...

Sarah x

Craft Academy Promarker Project & a Free Valentine Digi Stamp!

Today is my first day back to work this week after spending a few days up north with my parents and little squishies - I had a meeting up that way and thought it would be fun to combine some family time, so we baked, crafted and had some fun :o) Now I'm back in very snowy Essex, and I think we have more on the way - brrrrr!

Today is also Craft Academy day and this weeks lesson (sponsored by Letraset) is from Clare, who has done a fantastic introduction to Promarkers - a complete step by step tutorial using my Valentine digi kit (you can get yours here) and this digi stamp which is free to download - just click here!

Here is my card following the tutorial...

 and a close up...
Thanks so much for dropping by - I look forward to seeing your projects with the digi stamp!

Sarah x

A Basically Bare Valentine

Another Valentine card today, and this one is one that was featured over on the Basically Bare blog on Monday...

I used the Basically Bare Lovely Lockets set - perfect for Valentines cards! with my Love Letters Digi Kit. You can see all the details here.

Tomorrow I'll have another project for you and some news on what I've been up to this week!

Thanks for dropping by!
Sarah x

Sharing more Love!

Another Love Letters card to share with you today, this one I think is my favourite of all the ones I made, I just love the cute couple (you get them as digis too so you can personalise them)

I think I might make this one again for B (but colour the girls hair in orange so it looks like me!)

Thanks for visiting today!

Sarah x

Love Letters Card

Today I am sharing a card made with my 'Love Letters' digi kit. I was so excited to finally have the chance to print everything it out and hide out in my studio with it for a bit - this week has been so busy that Sunday was the first chance I had!
The only extra I added was the kraft Tattered Florals die cut behind the cupid!

Sunday was also the day we woke up to this...
eeeeek! about 6 inches of snow, and it is SOOOOO cold! We built a little fort in the living room from blankets and pillows and snuggled with Fuzzybutt to keep warm, here she is all cosy...
Give that little girl a blanket and she's happy, she can snuggle anywhere :o)

Thanks for dropping by today, I hope you are warmer than us!

Sarah x

CHA Project for Basically Bare

Earlier this week one of my CHA projects was featured over on the Basically Bare blog, you may remember I showed you a tiny peek at this album...

I made this with the Basically Bare Polly's Pockets Album which was one of the new CHA releases and lots of lovely October Afternoon papers.
You can now see all of the pages here on the Basically Bare Blog. This one was so fun to work with! I'll be sharing another one soon.

Today was filled with more writing, designing and planning, all my samples are chased up and should be here soon, then I have to check and proof them all and finalise any changes before production.

I noticed today that the pile of notebooks and journals I keep on my desk for daily use has grown, there are now 7 plus my diary, I also have a few more occasional use ones and some sketchbooks in a crate at the side of my desk for easy reach. I thought maybe that was kind of excessive but after posting that on Twitter and Facebook I realise I am not the only one! Lists must be a creative thing I think, and I do love pretty stationery! It was great to hear everyones 'system' though, if you get chance, look at my facebook page and have a read :o)

Thanks for dropping by today!

Sarah x

Balloon Card

Today I'm sharing a bright and springy card with October Afternoon and a Jenni Bowlin Stamp...
I stamped the girl with the balloon onto kraft card and added a button and some twine over the star shaped balloon (the star still peeps out from underneath - I love stars so didn't want to cover it up completely!) I used some October Afternoon papers I had left over from my CHA projects - I think they are from the Sidewalks and Farmhouse lines, I used more stars from a sticker sheet and one punched with a fiskars punch.

Today has been a busy day of designing, writing and chasing up print samples, paper samples and other product samples - hopefully they will be here soon and I can start showing you some sneaky peeks! The next product is being launched soon though, my lovely DT are working on samples now - yay! In the meantime look out for more digital stuff - I've been very inspired recently so there is a lot to come! :o)

Now time for a quick dinner with B before I retire to my studio for the evening, I have a magazine project to work on, the Craft Academy project for this week to finish and some Desperate Housewives to watch (I've started watching it from the beginning again! lol) I also have the latest issue of Vogue to flick through but I think that might have to wait for the weekend!

Sarah x