Monday, 30 March 2015

Blog Planning Fun

Hi All,

It is Nicole here to share a fun project I created to keep my blogging on track for scheduled posts!
I used the blog planner printable kit from Sarah Hurley that you can find for FREE here. This kit is so useful and you have seen some of the rest of the team using it in such creative ways. I have taken a bit of a different approach though as I work digitally a lot of the time so here is my take.

I started off using a sheet of wood grain paper from the Woodland Wonders in the Woods kit. I added the month and blog topic brainstorm onto this. My page is A4 so I can print a new one easily every month.

I then took some elements from the kit and embellished it a bit. I didn't embellish too much as I wanted to leave myself with a lot of space to write in notes for the brainstorming of ideas. I just wanted to add a little decoration though!

Here is a month roughly filled in as a sample of how it works. You can see I still have lots of space to add in more information about other projects. I tend to write rough outlines about my projects anyway so they will never be full essays on the page!

I created all of this in Photoshop, but you could use any other program, or ever just do it proper crafty style! I hope you enjoyed this idea on how to use the free Sarah Hurley printables. If you decide to use them let us know and show us how you are using them!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Watercolor play

Happy Saturday! Its Ria here today.

Watercolor has been on trend for a while in card making. Its only lately however that I've been playing with watercolor and this card is one of them.

Today's card is simply a watercolor play using Sarah's Charm Street Cuties stamp.

Here's a quick look of the supplies I used, stamps and watercolor mainly are used.

First off is to stamp the main image in a watercolor paper.

I then placed the stamped paper into a wooden board and adhere them temporarily with washi tapes. This will hold the paper well and support the curling of paper while its all wet during the process.


Then I started coloring the face, I diluted the brown color with lots of water to have this very light brown color for the skin

I then moved to color the hair with yellow, red and brown.

The clothes and background were the last to color.

While my watercolor piece is drying, I later move to stamp my sentiment using the Alpha stamp sets. One good thing about these alpha set is you can customized the sentiment as you wish.

I colored the outlined stamped sentiment using the block stamp, this time coloring it off-set

And here it is after coloring using the block stamps

I then went back to add some hearts in the colored image, I find the lower left area to miss something so I added these two hearts using second generation stamping using distress inks.

And the final card detail..

and the full card, clean and simple.

That's it for today and happy weekend everyone!

Supplies used
Charm Street Cuties Thinking of You Clear Stamp Set
Block Alpha Stamps
Outline Alpha Stamps
Ink pads
Watercolor paper & brush

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Scraps and Doodles

Good morning, everyone, it's Susie here and I have a collection of scraps and doodle stamps to show you.  Are you sitting comfortably?  Then we shall begin!!

I had a collection of scraps from Sarah's Dotty Papers and Watercolour Love collections and LOVE the combination of turquoise and grey together.  3 strips of the paper were mounted onto silver card to make a panel for my card.

Then, I used the triangle stencil, a grey promarker and a silver pen to add a background panel directly to the right hand side of my card blank.  After removing the stencil, I added some definition to the triangles with a thin black pen.

I stamped one of the Doodle Home house stamps and a tree in black ink onto scrap white card and cut them out - lovely easy shapes for cutting out.  They were then mounted onto a square of Watercolour Love paper (which reflected the triangles on the background) and silver card:

I added a turquoise heart and some Stardust Stickles as roof tile detail to the house.

After the scrap and stamped panels were stuck to the card, I stamped the sentiment and added further definition to the letters with my super thin pen.  A final round of Stardust Stickles was added to the edges of the stamped panel and one edge of each triangle in the background.  

Et voilĂ , the card is complete and lots of stamping, scrappy and stencil fun has been had!!!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Organiser Box.

Hello, it's Carol here today and I am going to share something I made using a range of Sarah's products.

As some of you have seen, I am in the process of jazzing up the inside of my boring old brown leather Filofax and thought it would be great if I had a wee weekly organiser on my desk so I could easily see what was on that week.  I decided to have a browse of the files available from Sarah's Silhouette Store and see what I could come up with. This project has LOTS of different files, so I will link them all at the end, go and grab a cuppa and a biccie and get comfy lol.

I had a couple of spare plastic storage boxes from Ikea and decided that one of these would be perfect for what I had in mind. I used the Days Of The Week Tabbed Journaling Cards as my base, as these were a perfect size for the box, and added some extras as I went. I made some cute Number Paperclips so I could highlight days I needed to plan ahead for. I made some Love Heart Paperclips,  Star Paperclips and Moustache Paperclips. I have some glassline envelopes from previous kits from Sarah so popped all my spare paperclips in there.

We all have calls that we need to make and forget about, so I made a Mobile Phone card so I can pop it in to whichever day I need to make my calls.  I had lots of speech bubbles leftover from a LO I made from the Speech Bubble Background and glued them onto pieces of card to be used for anything from ideas to reminders.

I used a few different stamps sets to add some details to the cards, and of course some pretty Washi Tape. Here are a few pictures to illustrate my finished make.

Papers & Stamps from A Few Of My Favourite Things Kits
Adhesives from Stix2

Thanks for sticking with the post to the end, I hope you like the organiser box and it is something you would try. If you do, please comment below or send us a picture as we would love to see your makes.

Remember and pop by again soon and see what my talented teamies come up with.

Carol xx

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Easter Celebrations

Hello and welcome to the Sarah Hurley inspirations blog.

Today it's my (Clare) turn to inspire you with an Easter project using Sarah's Easter Hop Over stamp set and the Block Alpha stamp set

I decided to create an Easter party collection, not only is it fun but it's so easy to do.

Here's close up images of all the projects






I hope you enjoyed today's post and be sure to come back soon for more inspiration from the rest of the design team.

Clare x

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Create a Calendar, April.

April for me is all about the birds nesting and raising their young in the nest box we have up in the tree. I also have one of those houses on a pole which I was told would just be a feature in the garden and never be used as an actual nest box but despite being metres away from a busy main road and not too high off the ground they do actually nest in it.

That was the inspiration behind my stamp designs "Tweet Tweet" and "Nests are Best" both of which I've used here.

Do you have nest boxes in the garden?

Jaine x

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Create a Calendar - April (Claire)

Hi all!

I'm (Claire) joining you today to share with you my next page in the calendar that I'm creating throughout this year.

I stamped and coloured (with Promarker alcohol pens) one of Sarah's Charm street cuties during the week, so I knew I wanted to use her in this project. Searching through my papers I found these two designs supplied to us by Sarah through her collaborations with Die Cuts With a View (DCWV). The colours matched perfectly, and are so vibrant and fun that I thought, worked just right for the month of April.

The papers are gorgeous and have lots of textures and different finishes within the design.

Thank you again for dropping by, keep a look out soon for Jaine and Clare's pages for April.

Supplies Used

Saturday, 14 March 2015


Hello everyone!

Its Ria here again for a birthday card tutorial.

I used mostly stamping, some coloring, a little bit of fussy cutting and just full fun playing with colors.

Here's a quick look of the items I used on this project

 I started off with stamping the cupcake in plain white cardstock, then another to two different patterned papers. The plain cardstock will be the base later for my cut patterned papers.

I then fussy cut the cupcake topping and paper that I will assembly later.

For my sentiment, I made a custom one using Sarah's Outline Alpha stamps. I stamped it in a watercolor paper using waterproof ink.

Here's the complete sentiment that I colored using watercolor. You can use other coloring medium that you may have. I just wanted to play with watercoloring today :) I put a based yellow color then later added light shade of green, then darker green.

For the green background paper, I stamped it with the texture background stamp and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I used a die cut to cut this green paper with stitching detail on it.

I then moved to stamped my card base using the star in Jaine's Cupcake stamp set using the Pool and Lime ink pad colors.

As the stamped area being seen later will be the sides only and on the slant cut piece, I stamped only the areas being shown around the base.

So here are the pieces I have so far..

I assembled the card and added some clear sparkling sequins for some texture and bling :)

And here's the full card

So fun! That's it for now. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Until then.

Supplies used: