Saturday, 28 February 2015

Super Simple Shaker Card

Hi all,
It is Nicole here today to share a card with you all. I am doing my favorite thing again - using up those bits and pieces in creative ways. In this case I had a journaling card left over from one of the Sarah Hurley kits, a glasine baggie from one of her Grab Bags and a printed Polaroid image I had.  So I decided to make a super simple shaker card.
 I cut out the center of the Polaroid frame...

I cut out the journaling card to fit in behind the frame....

I put this into the glasine bag....

And filled it with sequins....

And adhered the Polaroid over the top of this....

I used the Tickets and Labels Stamp Set to embellish the background paper, one of Sarah Hurley's papers from one of her past kits. I used Peacock Feathers ink and repeatedly stamped the open triangle to add some interest to the paper. I cut the paper using a deckled edged rectangle die. 

The dotty paper is a printable kit from Sarah Hurley that you can find here. I added the Polaroid onto the card with foam tape and embellished the card with some sequins.
I do love using up my left over supplies this way. Using the glasine bag made this a very easy way to make this a shaker style card with very little trouble!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

A Pocketful of Memories

Good morning, it's Susie here today.  Since becoming part of the Sarah Hurley team, I have found myself creating more scrap layouts, which is brilliant as I rarely made time for scrapbooking previously.  Today's layout is a collection of photos and memorabilia from my bairns' dance show earlier this month. 

After seeing Louise's green retro tap outfit, I decided that the green 12" square card, from one of Sarah's A Few of My Favourite Things kits, would be a great base.  (It also co-ordinates wonderfully with my last layout!).  I thought that the star card would be a great addition for my "little stars" and I loved the little journal cards and camera, also from A Few of My Favourite Things kits.  

I roughly laid the cards in position and decided that a bling studded banner would be great as the title.  ("Born  2 Dance" was the name of the show, by the way.) I sketched the rounded "rope" for the banner and placed the banner stamps to get the rough spacing.  

I then stamped the banners (from Garden Fairy, by Clare Brown) using Sahara Sand ink.  After letting it dry, I rubbed out my pencil line and stamped the letters, before drawing the "rope" back with pen and gluing the gems in place.  

 Louise felt great in this green shift dress and her wig, so the sentiment of "looking good feeling wonderful" was perfect.  The "Be Amazing" sentiment is from the Be Amazing Girl Stamp set and "Shine" is from Sid the Robot, by Clare Brown.

I ended up having more photos printed and wanted to keep other items like the tickets and running order, so I decided I would make a little pocket.  I had an orange C6 envelope, but it was a little too large for my layout, so I cut the edges to fit.  I then decided that the star card would look better than the full bright orange of the envelope, so added that to the front of the envelope and used the envelope shape to cut the top of the panel.  The panel was stuck to the envelope back - narrower  double sided tape would have been better than this 10mm one.  A tiny bit of velcro and some decorative button and gems completed the pocket, so that none of my bits get lost, but they can easily be removed to look at.  

Sarah Hurley Items Used:
A Few of My Favourite Things kits - card, journalling cards, camera picture, This week circle, button
Garden Fairy, by Clare Brown) - to create the banner
Be Amazing Girl - sentiment
Silver Stickles - on the title and sentiments

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Silhouette Scrapbook Page.

Hello, it's Carol with you today and I am going to share a scrapbook page I made using my Cameo, stamps and a stencil. (As if me scrapbooking wasn't enough of a shock, I tackled stenciling too eek!)

As some of you know, a few of us Team Hurley girls went to the NEC in Birmingham to meet up with Sarah to discuss a lot of exciting new things happening in the very near this space! We also popped over to the Stitches Show and saw lots of luscious new pretties that are due to hit the shops soon, so start saving lol. One of my favourites were the new Shinhan Touch Pens, and I can't wait to get my grubby wee mitts on some of those, anyway I digress sorry!

One of Sarah's lovely friends Diane took this amazing picture of all of us, and I just had to do a LO with it.

I decided to use my Cameo as Sarah has amazing files in the Silhouette Store that are just perfect for scrapbooking.

Here's how I made my LO.

1  I used the Square Page Mat from the Silhouette Store and cut it out full size on a sheet of DCWV paper.

2 I picked the Team Hurley Corporate Colour of mint green for the base for the mat, and decided to use one of Sarah's Stencils to make my own background. I used my favourite Distress Ink combo of Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry.

3 Being a stencil novice, I opted to use Scotch tape(washi would do too) and taped the edges of the stencil to my craft mat, and taped some scrap paper to the edges that were on the base layer.

4  Once I had moved my stencil around the base and covered it in pretty stars I popped my cut out Square Page Mat onto the base.

5 I love using arrows in my LO's and had to use the Hand Drawn Arrow Doodles on my page. I ungrouped the set, deleted the ones I didn't want to use and then resized the arrows using the Scale tool. And extra stars of course and the Doodle Stars are perfect for this. I separated them onto separate sides so I could make two different colours of arrows and stars.

6  And here is the finished LO!

7  And a close up to show the amount of dimension on the page.

Other Bits n Bobs
Stampin Up Bunting Punch
Distress Inks

I hope you like my LO and it inspires you to get a favourite piccie from the box they are in or print one out from your phone and make a special page for it.

Thanks for popping by, remember and look back soon for more inspirational posts from my immensely talented teamies.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

Hi and welcome to our inspiration blog.

Today I'm (Clare) sharing with you my March calendar layout, once again it's a journal page and looking at this will be a good reminder to myself and perhaps to you too.

a little close up..........

Here's how I created my page.....

1- Using black memento ink stamp the main (girl) image directly onto smooth white card. 

2 - Create a mask of the girl, I used a large post it note I found in my local supermarket. Using brown , skin tone and red Promarkers colour in the image.

3 - Using broken china and mowed lawn (Tim Holtz) distress ink pad, cover the white area with a blending tool.

4 - Using my 'Bity' robot stamp set add the ziz zag border, heart stems and metal background stamp. Again I used a black memento ink pad. The hearts were then coloured, again using red Promarkers.

5 - Next create the heart background using Sarah's stencil and the broken china ink pad.

6 - Keeping the stencil in place use a black fine liner pen to outline the hearts.

7 - I then removed the stencil and added little dots inside the hearts using a silver pen

8 -  The 'MARCH' stamp was stamped directly on to the page a coloured with red Promarkers.

9 - Finally I stamped the sentiment for Sarah's 'A Few Of My Favourite Things kit' onto white card and layered it with red card. I then doodled a border using a fine liner pen.

Thankyou so much much for dropping by and we would love to hear any feedback by commenting below. Or perhaps you want to share any projects you have made with Sarah's products.

Have a great day

Clare x

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Butterfly love

Hello there!

Its Ria here. For today, I continue my love for Sarah's Butterflies Stamp Set.

I just wanted to play with the stamps and colors so what I did, I randomly stamp the butterflies in different colored inks. Quick and easy to do. You can even do a lot of these to make a set of cards.

For the sentiment I heat embossed the Happy Birthday greetings one of the banner from Sarah's previous kit. I also stamped the heart in two colors and added them as accent above the sentiment.

Here's a closer look at the stamped butterflies..

and the final card..I added some sequins for some texture.

That's it for now and have a nice weekend!

Supplies used:

Thursday, 19 February 2015

March Calendar

Oh March, this is my month.

This year it's extra special though as it's my big birthday year. That big fat fifty. They do say it's the new forty though so that's some sort of comfort. A good friend and I have decided to go hiking in Austria to mark the occasion but later in the year when it's warmer and it'll also be her fiftieth too.

I decided to indulge myself in a selfie page for my March page. Adding a photo to a calendar layout makes the month a bit more personal I think so most of my months will be done in this way.

I'm a bit of a mad march hare anyway, so a riot of colour was rather appropriate. Using offcuts to layer colour over a sprayed background along with some Documented 365 and Real Life Daily stamps. 

I've treated the whole thing a bit like a mini scrapbook layout.

I look forward to bringing you a new page next month.

Jaine x

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Create a Calender - March (Claire N)

Hello, I'm back (Claire N) with you today to share my calender page for March

I used one of Sarah's Large Tiger Butterfly stamp, layered over the top of a watercolour wash on linen cardstock. I created the background wash with dry brushing Distress Ink sprays (weathered wood & tattered rose) onto artists canvas textured cardstock.
I used my craft mat as a palette, and by spraying the ink and mixing slightly I was able to ink up the large Fancy Deco Lattice background stamp and another subtle layer to the background I had created. The advantage of using the inks in this way is the randomness of the print, and perfect colour coordination with the background wash.

 The impression from the butterfly stamp has preserved some of the texture of the cardstock, and gives that slightly faded, vintage feel to the whole piece.

How are your calendars coming along?

Monday, 16 February 2015

Butterfly Birthday card

Hello there! Its Ria here today.
 I’m sharing today a quick birthday card using double stamping. 

I have this Large size butterfly stamp from Sarah that has been calling my name for some time to use up. Rather than stamping only in one color, I double stamped the same butterfly with 2-3 different ink colors to give some color variation.

After stamping the base color (lighter shade), I stamped another darker color on top of it to give different color look. I then fussy cut them and made another stamping that went beneath the other butterfly. This adds dimension and another color underneath the top butterfly.  
I added Wink of Stella clear glitter pen on the butterflies for subtle shine.

For the card base, I used three (3) different patterned papers from Sarah. I also have a yellow satin ribbon that I added in the strip to make cleaner division between the patterned papers.

Some red, pink and white sequins were added for some finishing touches. And the white embossed sentiment of course to complete the card.   

That’s it for now and I hope you can experiment with double stamping. It’s fun!  J
Enjoy the rest of the week!

Supplies used:

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Altered agenda

There's a real trend right now in altering agenda's and the good old Filofax is back. Actually I've never stopped using one, I'm a real 80's babe. I love the latest trend though in personalizing it and treating each day/week like a mini pocket page planner.

I was overjoyed when I found this planner in my local store. It's just what I was looking for with clear pockets to hold things and spaces for notes etc. but it needed the personal touch.

That's where I turned to my Sarah Hurley supplies, papers, stamps and embellishments. I had great fun in decorating the front and you may think  'that's not going to last too long knocking about in her handbag', the book does come with a clear plastic front cover which I flipped over for the photo.

My book already came with a band around it but it would be so easy to add one to your own book. I love the page tabs hanging out marking sections.

I used my Real Life Daily stamp set throughout.

Are you using a planner or agenda?

Jaine x

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Mini Valentines Day Cards

Hi all,

It is Nicole here today to share a fun project for Valentines day, using the super cute Sarah Hurley Be Mine digi kit. I created two 3x3 card layouts digitally on the computer and printed them out on some nice textured card stock. I then cut these out.

I inked the edges of the card fronts with festive berries ink to give them a nice finished look. This helped them stand out on the card base.
I made card bases from black card stock for the cards, leaving a nice 3mm frame around the edge of the card front to frame them nicely.
 I took some red twine and tied it around the first card around the bottom of the card a few times.
 I added some wink of stella glitter shimmer to the birds and hearts on the cards too.
 On the second card I used my hole punch to add two holes in the top of the heart so that I could thread the twine through into a bow.

 This is a lovely quick way to make some mini cards to send to those loved ones. They are perfect for in lunch boxes or slipping into school bags too.

I hope you enjoyed!!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Cloudy Day.

Hi, it's Carol here today! Hope everyone is well and looking forward to the new week ahead of them. Exciting times for some of us #TeamHurley girls as we are all heading to Birmingham at the weekend for a meet up...totally hyper in this household...anyway I digress.

Today I am going to share a  card I made using the stunning new Large Tiger Butterfly stamp,  Doodle Home Stamps and Sentiment Stamps. I even got out the Distress Inks and got inky!

1 Stamp the gorgeous butterfly using embossing ink, cover with clear powder and heat. Take a piece of 5 3/4" square card and stamp with the 3 different clouds from the Doodle Home set, cover with embossing powder and heat.

2 Look out the colours of Distress Inks you would like to use and get inky!

3 Fussy cut the butterfly, add to the card using 3d foam. Stamp a sentiment onto some card, punch it out then distress the edges. I popped some wee sparkly gems on the antennae of the butterfly and the sentiment.

Distress Inks; Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers & Broken China.
3d Foam 

Thanks for popping by today, why not have a look at some of the other posts from my fabulously talented teamies, and remember to pop by soon for another new post.
Carol xx