Ink Blending with Heat Embossing | Video Tutorial

28 January 2015


Welcome to my blog. Today I have a video tutorial about Ink Blending. I just love this technique! You can do it with most inks but what is great about the Distress Inks by Ranger is that they are designed to react with water and intensify, and I'll show you how to achieve that too.

This is a really simple technique and you can get stunning results very easily. And the thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong way - your own personal style can define what you produce.

Those that follow me on Instagram will remember that I was playing around with pink coloured inks - no surprise there! But for this tutorial I have chosen to work with yellows and blues. Here is the card that I created during the video ~


I also chose to put a simple sentiment heat embossed in gold on vellum so that the background could be appreciated to it's fullest!

Here is the video, watch it here or on YouTube, and please give it a thumbs up if you like it and would love to see more from me ~


And here are some more photos of both cards, including detailed shots ~




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The stamp set (also available in English - see above supply list) that I used for the sentiment on the pink gradient card is currently FREE with purchase during the Sale-a-Bration promotion. What is it? With each £45/60€/$45 that you spend at Stampin' Up! gets you a free product from the Sale-a-Bration 2015 catalogue. There are some amazing products to chose from, stamps, paper and embellishments.

Thanks so much for reading and watching and I hope it inspired you to give this technique a go. Have a great day.x

Weekly Deals

Don't forget the Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up! too ~


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If you enjoyed this project please use the code AGFTDDS7 to support me (this code should be entered in the box that reads *Do you have a hostess code?* on the Stampin' Up! checkout page). All hostess codes correctly entered will earn a free gift direct from me. If you use this code and your order is at least £120/150€ excluding shipping I will send you a free *make and take kit* of my choice. If your order is over £150/200€, please do not use this code as YOU become the hostess and get the Rewards. Learn more about the code here.

Working with Distress Inks & SU Weekly Deals

26 January 2015

I'm just popping in today to share a quick photo of a work in progress that will be turned into a Video Tutorial on Wednesday here on the blog. 

Here I have blended some Distress Inks over a heat embossed image ~



Also here is a quick reminder of the weekly deals that are on offer at Stampin' Up! ~


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Have a great day.x

Watercolour Wedding Card | Video Tutorial

23 January 2015


So how are you all, we have had lots of snow this week - so naturally I am thinking about summer weddings and pretty pastel colours!

I have had so much fun playing with my Distress Inks. I watched an amazing video by Kristina Werner earlier this week and was totally inspired to give her technique a try. I produced two pink coloured cards, which if you follow me on Facebook and Instagram you will have seen. So I thought I'd try a less conventional colour and turn my camera on to film whilst I was doing it. I think it turned out pretty awesome and I hope you do to. Here it is ~


I think the gold embossing really adds the finishing touch along with the sequins for a little bit of classy bling!

The stamp set is from the Stampin' Up! Spring/Summer Collection. It is available in EnglishFrench and German and it's really, really pretty. You can order online and the the shipping costs will be calculated based on where you live, but they are at a standard local low-cost rate. Janna Werner used this set to make a beautiful wedding gift set. I have the photopolymer set (it's also available in Wood and Clear should you prefer those) and there are 10 images included ~


I show the French set on the video but you can see that there are lots of possibilities for creating beautiful cards with the above images.


Watch the video here or on YouTube and if you like it remember to give it a thumbs up :)


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Here are the first two cards that I made too ~



For these cards I used the awesome new For the New Two stamp set (only available in English) from Stampin' Up!

Thanks so much for watching, I hope you enjoyed the video and are inspired to give the technique a go, it's lots of fun :) Have a great weekend.x


If you enjoyed this project please use the code AGFTDDS7 to support me (this code should be entered in the box that reads *Do you have a hostess code?* on the Stampin' Up! checkout page). All hostess codes correctly entered will earn a free gift direct from me. If you use this code and your order is at least £120/150€ excluding shipping I will send you a free *make and take kit* of my choice. If your order is over £150/200€, please do not use this code as YOU become the hostess and get the Rewards. Learn more about the code here.

Valentines Treat Bird House | Video Tutorial & Template

19 January 2015

Hello again and today I am here to share a project for Valentines Day which includes a video tutorial (first one!!) and a template too.

Remember that awesome decoration that I made for New Year and blogged about here? Well whilst searching Pinterest I discovered some cute little bird houses. So I took the original instructions from Sam at Pootles and thought about how I could combine the two ideas and turn it into a Valentines Treat gift. I'm not claiming to invented anything new here, just taking the Bird House idea and Sam's idea and giving it a Valentine twist :)

So this is what I have come up with ~


And what a gorgeous way to showcase the new Stampin' Up! DSP Stacked with Love paper stack.

Easy to make and easy to fill with treats, you just remove the clip at the top and the roof then open the milk carton and pop the gifts inside. Close back up and gift to someone you love :)

Here is the video (watch here or on YouTube) - this is my very first time, so I have learnt a lot about setting up the tripod, filming and editing! All good fun - anyway I hope that you enjoy it and find it helpful. Please give me a thumbs up on YouTube if you would like more videos from me. In the video I give imperial measurements but if you scroll further down this post I have added the metric too.














And here is the written tutorial and the template that I mentioned in the video. You will see the details for the diagonal lines in the template and I didn't do this step in the video to save time. The diagonal lines will produce a more *triangular* top to the Bird House eaves, but either way works just fine.

I have made a template for you to follow which has the main measurements and brief instructions on how to cut and fold your card stock for the base of the Bird House. Here it is ~
After you have scored and before you fold your score lines run the card stock through your die cutting machine with your 1 1/4" circle die placed as above to create the window. This is of course optional, you can make the bird house without the window. You will need to stick a piece of window plastic/acetate slightly smaller than 2"/5 cm squared behind the window. I use the Tombow multipurpose adhesive but be careful not to smudge any onto the plastic.

Fold and burnish your score lines - for the diagonal lines you can tease them with your fingers to encourage the card stock to bend in the right place.

Apply sticky strip to the small area on the right hand side above the part you have cut off. Also apply sticky strip to the flap below the window and the flap on the far left but on the BACKSIDE of each flap (apply along the bottom edge).  Remove the sticky strip on the right hand side and match up the two sides to form the box shape. At the bottom fold in the two sides, remove the sticky strip from the back flap and glue down. Finally remove the sticky strip from the front flap and glue down.

Tease up the top into the milk carton shape using the score lines to manipulate the card stock. You should now have a cute bird box taking shape!

Still with me? Great - let's finish off and make the roof.

You need a piece of card stock measuring 5" by 2" and this needs to be scored at 2 1/4", 2 1/2" and 2 3/4". Fold this in the middle and create valley and peak folds to form a triangle that will match your birdhouse roof shape. Attach this to your birdhouse with a clip or a clothespin.

Finally add your tiles to the roof to decorate. I used 2" square pieces that I die cut the edge with a scalloped die. Secure these evenly on the roof with sticky strip or liquid glue. I used patterned paper, but you could also use plain card stock and distress the edges with ink if you wished.

Now the fun part - decorate your bird box - isn't the bird punch amazing :)


Of course you can't just make one! The only thing missing from mine is the chocolate, no I haven't eaten it, I just haven't bought any yet! Had way too much over Christmas!

Dimensions ~

Card stock Bird House

8 1/4 x 6 1/4" (21 x 16 cm)
Score on the LONG side at 2, 4, 6 and 8" (5, 10, 15 and 20 cm)
Score on the SHORT side at 2, 4 and 6" (5, 10 and 15 cm)

Card stock Roof & Tiles

Roof - 5 x 2" (12.6 x 5 cm)
Score on the LONG side at 2 1/4, 2 1/2 and 2 3/4" (5.2, 6.2 and 7.2 cm)
Tiles - 2" (5 cm) squares of DSP/ card stock



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Stampin' Up! is currently holding it's Sale-A-Bration. What is it? Each £45/60€/$50 that you spend at Stampin' Up! gets you a free product from the Sale-a-Bration 2015 catalogue. There are some amazing products to chose from - stamps, paper and embellishments.

If you have got this far and are not totally confused thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed my project and you will be inspired to make a Bird House too. If you have any comments I would love to hear them. Have a great day.x

If you enjoyed this project please use the code W9CXZCJY to support me (this code should be entered in the box that reads *Do you have a hostess code?* on the Stampin' Up! checkout page). All hostess codes correctly entered will earn a free gift direct from me. If you use this code and your order is at least £120/150€ excluding shipping I will send you a free *make and take kit* of my choice. If your order is over £150/200€, please do not use this code as YOU become the hostess and get the Rewards. Learn more about the code here.

Pinch Close Mini Box

14 January 2015

Back again today with a mini pinch close box to show you. This mini box showcases the Designer Series Paper *Best Year Ever* that you can get free  during the Sale-a-Bration from Stampin' Up! (more details below).

The colours are absolutely gorgeous and they have me wishing that Spring should hurry up and arrive here in the Rhone Alpes of France. Particularly because we have snow forecast for the weekend!

Here is my little gift box ~


I used Coastal Cabana card stock and the petal punch from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack on my box and some jute string to secure it.

I followed the instructions from this tutorial by Sam at Pootles and the pretty paper was also a gift from Sam too - so what better way to showcase it! Here are details of the paper ~




Sale-A-Bration

What is it? Each £45/60€/$50 that you spend at Stampin' Up! gets you a free product from the Sale-a-Bration 2015 catalogue. There are some amazing products to chose from - stamps, paper and embellishments.

Supplies Used
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If you enjoyed this project please use the hostess code WJXBKPDY to support my blog *stamp away with sarah* (hostess code should be entered in the box on the checkout page). If your order is over £150/€200/$150, please do not use this code as YOU become the hostess and get the Rewards. All hostess codes correctly entered will earn a free gift direct from me as a thank you.x

If you need any more details about Stampin' Up! please contact me. Thanks for reading and have a super day.x

Valentine Treat Boxes

13 January 2015

Hello again and today I am back with some little Valentine boxes that are perfect for chocolate or sweet treats. I plan on making some of these with my children so that they can give them to their friends for Valentines Day.

The great thing is that you can get two boxes out of a sheet of A4/letter size paper. Adding some glitter really makes these little boxes stand out too! 

Here they are ~


These boxes are constructed using the Envelope Punch Board, which is on weekly special at Stampin' Up! (new ones every Wednesday), so this is your last day to get this amazing item at a reduced price!!

I am also using the new DSP Stacked with Love paper stack, you will find beautiful coordinating patterns and colours in this set.

For construction watch this video tutorial by Sam at Pootles, who did all the original hard work of designing the boxes.

Supplies used ~

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Item highlighted ~

Envelope Punch Board on weekly special at Stampin' Up!



Sale-A-Bration

Stampin' Up! is also holding it's Sale-A-Bration where you can get free items for each £45/€60 that you spend, all details are in the catalogue.


Thanks for reading and have an amazing day.x

Frosty House Decoration

7 January 2015

Hello again and today I am back with details of the little decoration that I mentioned in my last blog post and some exciting news!

I discovered this awesome tutorial by Sam at Pootles on how to make a frosty advent decoration. I followed her dimensions and technique for frosting and distressing the house but gave it a New Year twist so that I could make little table gifts for my family for our New Year meal. Here is what I came up with ~


Honestly, there is glitter frosting on the roof but it's very hard to photograph with the reduced light here in Winter!

I also twisted the design a little to make Gingerbread cottages for the children. I used an awesome set from Lawn Fawn to decorate these cottages ~


Here they are together ~


So what is my exciting news? Well Sam from Pootles is a Stampin' Up demonstrator with a team of ladies in the UK and Europe. I really like the Stampin' Up products so have decided to join her team too. So you will be seeing some creations using Stampin' Up products soon as I am eagerly awaiting my first order!!

If you'd like to visit the Stampin' Up online store then click here and have a browse. There are some awesome products and great deals at the moment. The Sale-A-Bration promotion has just started in which you get to select free items with each 60€/£45/$50 that you spend. Stampin' Up is in selected European Countries, the US and Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and Japan. You can shop via me and the link here (or at the top of my blog) and it will automatically calculate your local shipping costs based on your address. Anyone shopping with me (I will get instant email notifications) will also get a free gift shipped from me as a thank you. If you do have any questions regarding this, please feel free to leave a comment and I can answer your questions to the best of my ability.

I'm looking forward to making some beautiful creations with my Stampin' Up products and sharing them here too.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.x

If you enjoyed this project please use the code AGFTDDS7 to support me (this code should be entered in the box that reads *Do you have a hostess code?* on the Stampin' Up! checkout page). All hostess codes correctly entered will earn a free gift direct from me. If you use this code and your order is at least £120/150€ excluding shipping I will send you a free *make and take kit* of my choice. If your order is over £150/200€, please do not use this code as YOU become the hostess and get the Rewards. Learn more about the code here.

Supplies ~

Card/paper - Neenah Dessert Storm, Lawn Fawn Snow Day 6x6 paper pad
Ink etc - SimonSaysStamp White, Versamark, Judikins Iridescent powder, SSS White embossing powder
Stamps/dies - Lawn Fawn Sweet Christmas, 4enScrap Mon Beau Chalet
Other - Hero Arts pearls, Jute twine



Winter Wonderland

3 January 2015

Hello again and Happy New Year, may 2015 bring you everything that you wish for.

Today I am showing some cards that I made very recently using the Simon Says Stamp January 2015 card kit, Winter Wonderland. This kit comes with an awesome stamp set and some gorgeous paper from BoBunny AND some Ranger Perfect Pearls in Grape Fizz. I just loved playing with that!!

Here are a few of the cards that I created with the kit, I made seven in total although I did add some base white card stock from my stash, mainly because I wanted to hoard the awesome Bazzill Velvet and Glitz Shimmer! 

And here are a couple in detail ~



I also used the Rylynn snowflake die from SimonSaysStamp, the scripty thanks die from Lawn Fawn and the tag die from 4enScrap.  I added in some twine and sequins from PrettyPinkPosh

Thanks SimonSaysStamp for taking the hard work out of my Christmas thank you cards!

I'll be back shortly with a blog post about an awesome decoration that I made for New Year. Until then, thanks for looking and have a great weekend.x
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