Friday 27 February 2009

No Party Bags Here !!


Just a quick post today as I'm going to try to actually get on and make some of the cards people have asked for !
I have a picture of the pots I made for Josh's friends who came for birthday tea yesterday.

I used SU! scalloped circle punch to do the blue layer and the 1+3/8" punch to do the Thank-you layer, which I printed off the computer, then glued these 2 together and punced out a star in the same blue card and fixed to the top with a foam square.

I filled the pots with chocolate M&M's as they are quite small and filled up the pots nicely !

Well that's all folks (cue bugs bunny !)

Hope you all have a great weekend, we are going bowling and then watching a DVD as Josh's birthday party/treat, so that should be a laugh !


Sarah-Jane x

Thursday 26 February 2009

Josh's birthday line up and a card

Morning all,
Today I have a couple of pics to share with you of Josh's birthday ! I can barely beleive he is 12...
The first is some more or the sour cream containers (loving these in case you hadn't guessed !) which were filled with Star Wars figures, These containers are great as the figures are small and easily damaged so they needed to be protected but also wrapped individually so the opening takes ages !!! Papers from Pink Petticoat again.
Punched the layers with my SU! punches and die cut "Happy Birthday"

Second is of Josh coming into the lounge and seeing them all lined up ! He opened his presents upstairs this morning so thought that was it - 'till he came down for brekkie !!

Lastly is the card I sent to Wendy who won my candy the other day, I didn't want to post it 'till now as she hadn't received it yet and I wanted it to be a surprise ! Well done Wendy, I hope you are happy with your new stash !

This card is also a challenge one for Sweet Saturday #6, I used papers from SU! which are double sided so I just cut a square of paper from the lovely "Tea and Crumpets" pack into 4 and reversed 2 of them. The beauty is they all co-ordinate perfectly! Layered up my 1st ever penny black stamp (I know, shocking isn't it !) which I got on Saturday, I got a transparent set so you will be seeing some more of these... Buttons from stash, sentiment is done with one of those cheap 99p sets of individual letters, but I think it looks quite sweet ?! SU! Linen thread through two of the buttons.
Than-you for visiting and for any comments you may leave, I love reading them,
Back tomorrow,
Hugs, Sarah-Jane xx

Wednesday 25 February 2009

2 ways with Sale-a-bration

Hi again,
2 posts in one day eh? get me !!
I have some crafting yummyness to show you this afternoon !!I saw these on the craftworks card stand at Make it! on saturday and I think they are just scrummy !!
I have made mine with a scalloped circle by SU! (They call them "Carousel Notes") which my lovely SU! Mum sent me for my birthday- thank-you Julie ((hugs)) as soon as I saw them I knew what I was going to do !!!
##For both I used close to cocoa ink and cardstock and pretty in pink carousel note##
For the top one I Stamped randomly with the flower from the set "Polka dot punches" all over the carousel note, then onto close to cocoa cardstock the framed saying from the "Yummy" set, I cut it out and mounted onto foam pads, Chocolate drops from CWC round the outside, ribbon from stash, eggs gone in a flash !!

And for the second bag I have masked the swirls on another stamp from "Yummy" (3 in the set altogether) and positioned with my Stamp-a-ma-jig to get it in the middle. I then stamped the flower again from the "polka dot punches" straight onto cardstock, and pnched out with 1, 1/4" punch. Eggs were put into a spare card bag then attatched with d/s/tape.
So there it is, my 2 ways with 2 sets of Sale-a-bration !
So if you want one (or both!) sets you need to order £45 worth (for each set) soon !!
Please let me know which one you like best,
Thanks for looking, Sarah-Jane xxx


Morning to all,

Thank-you for all of my lovely cards and gifts ! I have taken a few photos of my birthday cards and pressies,

My lovely hubby got me a daylight lamp, some pro-markers and a lap tray (to sit infront the telly and colour, which I did last night !) plus a few other lovely bits... and some lovely gifts from my girl friends...

Some lovely orchids sent to me from my Dad and his partner, Shirley who live in Spain, so couldn't be here, Ducks from my good friend Elaine, My Mum and sister both gave me money which I spent on some Gorjuss Girls, due today (yipee!) and some small wooden drawers, to tidy up some of this stash, from Ikea yesterday !

A lovely plant from Nicola

This photo is a candelabra from my dear friend Mandy,

Lastly a piccie of my DH and our beautiful kids (yes I am biased!) on Monday which was DH birthday, Back tomorrow with some pics of Josh's birthday !

Sorry for such a long post, but I am truly thrilled with all of my lovely gifts,

Hugs Sarah-Jane xxx

Monday 23 February 2009

A card for Little Nannie

Morning all,

Hope you all had a good weekend, Today I have a card I was asked to make for an older lady (in her 90's I think she said) for a friends daughter to give. She wanted a bigger card again so this is A4 folded in half. I used a set of Autumn Leaves Stamps as my SU! "Rose is a Rose" set hadn't got here before I had to make it ! Should have got it sooner, I have a couple of cards planned for this set already !!

I used SU! Rose Red and Regal Rose ink pads for the main image and the polka dot background stamp is also in Regal Rose. I stamped the butterflies twice and layered them, after sponging them with a make-up sponge straight from the Rose Red ink pad. Sentiment is computer generated, Book plate die is a Sizzix one, Ribbon from stash, Pink card I already had and the brown card is the yummy close to cocoa by SU! Gem flowers from stash too !!

Little piccie of the inside, computer generated sentiment Font is called "Mia's Scribblings" and is fantastic for Kids cards ! Swirl was free on a magazine stamped again in Regal Rose.

On the right is most of the things
I got when I went to Make it! on Saturday. A fab day out to spend some birthday money from M&FIL (and some I had saved from selling a few cards!) Got some great bargains !!!!

Well I hope you like the card and I will try to do a post tonight to come on tomorrow morning as I'm going to the new ikea in Southampton first thing, as all the kids are going back at school.

Happy Birthday Hubby !! In case he looks !!

Sarah-Jane xx

Sunday 22 February 2009


Hello to everyone who entered my candy giveaway !!

First of all thank-you for coming to visit me and I hope you will keep coming back even though the candy is finished, and don't forget I love to read your comments. I will try to get round some more of your blogs in the next week. As my hits have jumped from nearly 1000 at the begining of this draw to over 2000, I feel more candy coming soon...

On the left here is a piccie of my eldest, Josh, with the bowl of numbers...

Right is him drawing the winners number, very techie this was, as you will see in a mo...

And finally here is the winning number...... 4,
so well done to.......

######## Wendy #######

Right Wendy, you need to email me your address so I can get your candy sent to you ASAP (email in the side bar). You have 'till Midnight wed to get in touch or I will have to re-draw !!!

Well Done Wendy,

Hugs, Sarah-Jane xxxx


Edit to say : Sorry this candy is now closed.

Hello to all,
As promised I have got you a little treat to celebrate my becoming a Stampin' Up! demo and reaching nearly 1000 hits !!
All you have to do is :
1. Leave me a comment,
2. Link my candy on your blog, Don't worry if you don't have a blog you can still enter,
3. Become one of my followers (optional, but I would love it if you did!),
This candy is open U.K. only, Sorry!
Included is :
A brand new set of Autumn Leaves clear stamps, A sealed Sizzix Tiara Die, Fancy pants Lace wraps, 4 tubs of embossing powder (silver, gold, navy & dark red), 5x Happy Birthday die cuts in pink and 5 in blue, 5x die cut plant pots, Some gold and silver die cut hearts, Fabric Butterflies, 150 flower Gems, 5x die cut white tags, Some gold and silver snowflakes, Some pearl spacers/toppers, A selection of ribbons, A wheel of pins and 2 packs of small brads in Nuetral and Bright, Phew, I think that's it !!
A winner will be drawn at 6pm on Sun 22nd Feb. You will then have until 11.59 GMT Wed 25th Feb to claim your prize, so don't forget to keep checking back to see if you are the lucky winner, after that I will redraw.
This post will stay at the top until the 22nd. Please scroll down for new posts.
Good luck to all who enter, and thanks for stopping by.
Sarah-Jane xx

Last Chance Saloon !! yee hawww

Hi all,
Just a really quick post to say my Blog candy finishes tonight at 6pm, if you haven't commented on it, you can't win !!!!!
Good luck to all who enter....
Will be back tomorrow with a card and to show you some goodies I got when I went to "Make IT" in Farnborough Saturday. What fun we had, just me and 1 friend, no men, no kids, Just crafts and a few pennies, made a lovely change !!
Have great day,
Sarah-Jane xx

Some fantastic awards !!

Hi all,
Wow ! I'm so happy as I have received some lovely awards from some lovely peeps !
My first is from my fab SU! sister Sarah, Thank-you so much Sarah, I'm so grateful to have been even considered for these (oh no, a Kate Winslet moment coming...) so ##Thank-You##

And then another one from Sarah, You must check out her blog - it's fantastic, so creative and not just cards, truly inspiring. Again ##Thank-you## and Hugs.

Finally an award from the ever wonderful Steph, another one of my newly extended family ! I'm sure you have all seen Steph's wonderful blog, if you haven't "where've you been the last couple of months?" lol ! Go check it out right now !!

##Thank-You so much Steph, you are a real sweetie##

I pass these awards onto all of my lovely new followers, so glad you came !! but especially...





Please don't be offended if you are not here, I appreciate and love the bogs of ALL of my lovely followers. Hugs to you all and Happy Sundays.

Sarah-Jane xxx

Friday 20 February 2009

Calender Girl !!

Morning all,
Today I thought I would share with you... no, not a card... definately no, not a piccie of me posing for a calender (PHEW!!!)... but a calender top I made for a blank calender I found which I keep above my computer...

The first one was from January (surprise!!) but I never got round to posting it, sorry, It uses SU! grey card (from the neutrals pack) with BG paper and my lovely Sugar Nellie stamp 'Penpal' , coloured in with my watercolour pencils, Flower from stash, large brad mm I think.
Second month, yep you guessed it Feb !! he he. Using pink card from stash and my FREE SU!'Polka dot punches' stamp set I had when I spent £45. This month is pretty basic but I think it is quite effective. Stamped the heart all along the centre and them stamped some more hearts onto spare card then cut them out and layered them up with foam pads. Ribbon from stash, hearts with added bling in the form of glitter glue.

Well I hope you like todays post, don't forget to leave me a comment so I know, and thank-you if you do !!

Have a great weekend, Hugs,

Sarah-Jane xx

Thursday 19 February 2009

Sorry and a card

Hi Folks !

First of all an apology for not posting anything for ages... sorry !!! No excuses, just been having fun with the kiddies. I have however, got a card to show you- yey! This one is another for Josh only this time it's from us.

This card is a proper recycled jobby !! I made the pop up style like here only this time I enlarged it quite a bit, which I discovered is O.K. if you wont need to post it as I had to strengthen it with extra card so it stood up (fine for this luckily !!) The main star wars mask is actually a tag off a jumper I bought Josh for Christmas, which I threaded with some silver thread (also from a label from a top I had!) and then glued on another piece of card to the back to cover it, and then trimmed round the edges !! Light sabers made from straws with silver card round (incase you couldn't guess!!) Die cut lettering and arrows and punched stars, from holographic card with stars on, 'cause that doesn't show very well on the photo.

Thanks for stopping by and I do have some more to show you tomorrow,

Hugs and hope you are all enjoying 1/2 term too !

Sarah-Jane xx

P.S. Scroll down to see the other card I made for Josh, which won the prize on CCC !!

Friday 13 February 2009

Sour Cream Anyone ?

Hi ,

Yesterday was a very busy day for me, not least as it is Valentines day on Saturday (really??!). It's not normally much of an event in our house as birthdays are very soon after etc. but I have been very inspired by the fabby cards and gift ideas on lots of peoples blogs, so yesterday morning *yes,yes, i know last minute!!* I decided to have a go at making a little something for my friends and their kids, and as last nite would be the last opportunity I would have to see them all together I whipped these up...with a little inspiration from Liz @ Pink Petticoat

They were surprisingly easy to make, the only thing which I made complicated for myself was to put different toppers on them !! I made 16 all together, 4 for boys in blue with a brown heart stamped with the heart from the FREE SU! 'polka dot punches' (Set of 4 stamps, available when you spend £45 until end of Feb) but I did have to be careful not to make them too girly or slushy...

The Girls ones I did in pinks and turquoise patterned paper *all downloads from Pink Petticoat* I topped some with the stamp die and love embossing folder that came with my cuttlebug. I stamped the others with the hearts from another FREE set I had when I was a SU! hostess called 'A Little Bit of Happiness' . I inked these up with a felt tip so I just got one image, then layered it with my nestie Labels 1 die. I filled the kids ones with a selection of flying saucers, jelly beans, dolly mixtures and alphabet sweets.

Lastly for the big girls I did dark pink paper and layered up
a circle of friendship stamp onto die cut and punched circles, they were all filled with revels (one for me, one for the pot ,he he !!) I used my Happy valentines stamp on all of the pots, it's from the Seasonal Wishes set again.

They all seemed to like them, so I think it was a success, let me know what you think, and I hope you all have a lovely day tomorrow!

Sarah-Jane xx

Thursday 12 February 2009

For DH from Mum !

Just a quick post today to show you the card I made for Neil from my mum
(clue in the title! he he !)
I used a square card blank from CWC and cut a chunk off the front. I stamped the background with my SU! polka dot background stamp (loving this, can see many uses coming up! ) Then stamped the truck from Loads of love and used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the man driving and the presents in the back, such a useful little tool! I then paper pieced the truck onto some DCWV paper and water coloured the man and gifts.

Diecut lettering in the same paper as the truck Doodled with a faux stitch- which I think includes me for the challenge at A spoon full of sugar. Tag I had from ages ago which were just a pack of office ones from WH Smith, stamped with sentiment from Loads of love, button from stash. I also stamped polka dots just down the back edge where it shows, ribbon from stash too.
Thanks for looking and thanks in advance for any gratefully received comments !
Sarah-Jane xx

Wednesday 11 February 2009

Mojo Monday #73

Good afternoon all,
Todays card is for my hubby who's birthday it is in less than 2 weeks ! Please, lets hope he doesn't read this before then !! I have used the mojo sketch for this week, it is so much quicker to make a card following a sketch !
I am really happy with how this card turned out. I have used my new SU! stamp set "All in the Family " what a fantastic set ! so cool to make exactly the people you want. This is meant to be us 5 ! (incase you wondering...)

I made the card base from a sheet of white A4 card just folded in half and layered it with SU sahara sand cardstock (available in the neutrals assorted card pack) Paper is BG all edged with chocolate chip ink, Ribbon SU 1/4" Night of Navy, Sentiment from the Occaisional Greetings set, Button from stash. All Stampin Up! goods available through me, I can ship anywhere in the country, Please email me for more info.

Edit to say: You really need the Stamp-a-ma jig to use this set properly, such a useful tool for all your stamping, and only£9.50 !

I hope you like it, do let me know,

Bye for now, Sarah-Jane x

Tuesday 10 February 2009

Josh's Birthday Card

Hi all,

Thanks for stopping by today, two posts in one day ! that's amazing eh ?! Here is the card I have made for my son Josh's 12th Birthday in a couple of weeks. I have loosely followed the sketch on the Sketch Saturday blog and when I was looking around the lovely Jeannettes blog I saw that she is a guest designer on the Cupcakes craft challenge blog (well done you!) and this card fits their challenge this week which is to make a scene.

I have made this with SU! Basic black cardstock and some red card from stash, all distressed around the edges. The image was created with a comic making kit Josh had last year for his birthday, but I then scanned it on my printer so I could watercolour it with my felt tip pens, I am quite pleased with how it turned out in the end... Few buttons fron stash and a knot of ribbon added with glossy accents.

Let me know what you think and please, don't forget to enter my candy giveaway,

Sarah-Jane xx

Edit to say, WOOO HOOO !!!! My card was chosen at random to win the prize on Cupcakes craft challenge blog. Thank-you CCC, I'm so excited, my first win from a blog !!

My first award !!

Morning all,

The very lovely Steph has kindly given me my first Blog Award, So *Thank-You*, it is very much appreciated. It is called a Lemonade award and I am supposed to pass it onto 5 people but I tink all the blogs I read have already have it ?? If you don't then PLEASE consider this award as yours from me for coming to read my little blog *HUGS*

Well, I will be back later to show you a card I have made for Josh's birthday. I have a very busy couple of weeks ahead as it is Josh's (DS), Neil's (DH), and my birthday all in the same week !!! (how bad was the planning for that?!) And I have to make them both cards from me/us AND my mum has asked me to make hers too (all different of course) No pressure then eh? !

Well I had better get a movie on or else I'm never going to get it finished,

Back later

Sarah-Jane xx

Friday 6 February 2009

Sugar Sugar Tag Card and Exciting News

Hi all,
Another wet and cold (groan), and not at all snowy, day in the south today :(
Hope you are all well, today I have a tag card based on Tiets template at Sugar Sugar. I made this a couple of days ago but had to wait for Julie (my stampin momma) to get it before I could post it on here so it was a surprise. Yes, thats right, if Julie is my stampin momma that means I have signed up to be a Stampin' Up! Demo. Woo Hoo !!! So if any of you lovely people need any SU! goodies I will be able to get them for you real soon.
In honour of me becoming a demo I will also be having a Blog candy giveaway in the next few days (probably monday, this gives me the weekend to get it sorted) so be sure to come back and have a little looky next week.

Back to the card. I have used my current fave stamp by Leanne Ellis, 'Blossom' and my K&co papers again, Die cut the felt flowers with my cuttlebug and a swirl my Hubby got me for christmas by Bosscut with a bit of bling to liven it all up !!

Another Bosscut corner swirl inside with my Labels 1 nesties layered up inside.

I would love to know what you think of it.

Well thats it for today. I hope you all have a good weekend and stay warm and dry.

Don't forget to come back monday for the candy. Look forward to seeing you then,

Hugs, Sarah-Jane xx

Thursday 5 February 2009

Spring is in the air !

Hello to you all,
Well the snow has all gone round here, (so glad I let Zoe stay off tuesday,) and it's rained on and off all day :( Rubbish.
So, today I have to share with you, a card for my mum's friend who's birthday it is in a couple of days. My mum likes to send larger cards so this 8"x8" card blank from CWC is perfect. I covered one of their chipboard wellies in DCWV glitter paper from last years spring stack- lovely paper that- and stamped with my Doodlebug clear friends set onto green for the border along the bottom. I then water coloured the flowers using my whispers pens. I cut out a couple of the flowers from the paper and layered them onto the welly with silicone for some texture. Paper flowers and a crotched one at the top attatched with gem brads. Heidi Swapp Happy Birthday stamp which I embossed in gold. Not really showing up very well on the picture as it's quite dull here, thats why I'm explaining in every detail, but please, feel free to ignore if you can tell for yourselves !!!!

I have even done some stamping on the inside as I thought, in such a large card it may be a bit too much to try to fill the space !! Sentiment says 'friends are the family you pick yourself ' I do hope they like it (both my mum and her friend)

Do let me know what you think,

Hugs, Sarah-Jane xx

Wednesday 4 February 2009

Mojo Monday #72

Hello all,

Today's card is for Mojo Monday. I have used BG papers (euphoria) with a bookplate which is also a Basic Grey one, which I got off ebay ages ago and have been wondering what to do with it ever since !! The Tilda is 'Cross stitch Tilda' and I coloured her in using my whipers markers. Flowers, ribbon and beads from stash.
I hope you are all having a good day, my lot are all at school today and the house is really quite peaceful- not that they were any trouble, just loud !
Got some important news in the next few days so do come back and check it out soon.
Thanks for stopping by and remember I love it when you leave a comment and then I can go and visit you too !
Hugs, Sarah-Jane xx

Tuesday 3 February 2009

Valentines Cards

Morning all,
Hope you are enjoying the snow !!! Kids have been out in it this morning but it's starting to melt now :(
Here are some valentines cards I made for Neil to take into work. They are V.V. basic, but quite manly, as it's mostly women in the offices buying for their fellas !

The stack of hearts is from the SU! "Loads of love" set, which I lurve !

And I've even done a bit of stamping on the inside too... Valentines sentiment is from the Seasonal wishes set kindly given to me by Julie, thanks Jules!. It is not as et which I had noticed much, but it has turned out to be a very handy one to have, find it on Page 60. Loads of love sentiment from Loads of love set :)

The little 'tiles' are actually magnets from a set ~ you know the sort you have about 100 of on your fridge to leave each other romantic messages with ???~ well some people do anyway !!! I think they look a bit funky on these cards and well, they make a change if nothing else...

Thanks for stopping by and keep warm,

Hugs, Sarah-Jane xx

Monday 2 February 2009

Blossom in the snow !!

Hi all,
Guess what ? We have actually had some snow, well quite a lot of snow really, especially for down south where you normally get it for about an hour and then it's gone, you're usually lucky to get to make a snowball let alone a snowman !!! So we are really happy today, Josh has no school :) but Zoe has had to go and pre school is on for Zack this morning :(

Anyway on with the card, Got a couple made this weekend but not as many as I would have liked on my weekend off, as I had to work an extra on saturday night and I've also come down with a cold again !!
This image is called Blossom (as the title suggests!) and I think you may be seeing a lot more of her in the future...Coloured her in with watercolour pencils then I teamed her with K&co papers and some beads from my stash, ribbon I already had and can't remember where I got it from, sorry, tag cut using a sizzix die, rub on letters are by Heidi Grace. Also used fiskars threading water punch, (must get the stamping up one with no holes in next !!)

I hope you likey, and thanks for any comments you may leave,

Sarah-Jane xx

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