Thursday, 5 December 2013

Challenge 87-Create your own background

Hello and welcome to Sarah Hurley Challenges. Is it really December already?
Where has the time gone! 

Before I tell you about our fabulous December challenge, Sarah, myself (Clare) and the rest of the DT would like to thank all you lovely peeps out there who have entered our challenges and for your support. Not only this year but in previous years too. You really are a talented bunch and stopping by your blogs is so much fun!

Last months lucky winners have been chosen by Sharon just check out the post below for details. Prizes from Sarah will be on their way soon!

So now lets get on with our new challenge. This month I have chosen the theme of


I'm really excited about this as it's something I want to do more of in 2014! So what better way to start than here on our challenge blog. If there's something you want to try we would love to hear all about it, just leave a comment below.

here's my project life layout

I created my background using a background stamp from my new 'Ronnie' Robot stamp set. The black arrow on the tag is also from the same set. I also used 3 different papers from Sarah's 'My Favourite Things' monthly kit which I absolutely love!

Once again the DT have created inspiring work.....

 For my Holly Jolly card, to create the background paper I used the holly stamp from the  Christmas Tag Holly Jolly  set which I coloured with promarkers and then using my brushes added distress ink. I then mounted it on black card. The sentiment is from the same set. The doodle doll  is from the  Doodle Doll Princess set, which I added a hat and the Christmas clothes too. 


I used the snowflakes from Sarah's Christmas Characters stamp set and stamped a white ink over kraft to create my background. Santa and the Christmas sentiment are also from the same stamp set. To add some texture, I put a white pompom in Santa's hat & sequins. I also used the banner and cane stamp from the Christmas Mail stamp set while the Merry sentiment is from Outline Alpha stamps.  

For my card I used the large Crackle Texture stamp to create a background on my white card base. I did the same thing stamping it on a piece of Sarah Hurley wood grain patterned paper. I then used the strip stamp from the Zombie Doodle Doll stamp set to create a background on a piece of green Sarah Hurley paper. I stamped it in alternating colours for extra effect. I used a journaling card from a Sarah Hurley kit. I filled a little glassine envelope with sequins and stapled this to the card. I also stapled on some feathers. The hello stamp is also from a Sarah Hurley kit....I went wild on this one!!


To create the background on my card I used Sarah's Chevron Stripe Stencil, I dabbed a thick layer of paint over the stencil (really quickly so the paint didn't dry) then sprinkled white glitter all over it. I used the Dream a Little Dream Doodle Doll stamp for the girl, I coloured her in with Blush, Vanilla & Poppy Promarkers, I then stamped the Doodle Doll onto felt, cut out her dress & hat and glued them to the Doodle Doll, I added a couple of pearl beads for buttons & a pompom for her hat. I also used the She Believed stamp from the Be Amazing Doodle Doll stamp set for the sentiment.


I went for the simple geometric background design, faux stitching and I used the snip and sticks from the latest Christmas kit 

To create the background on my card I chose two colour inks and stamped Sarah's butterflies randomly in alternating colours over a panel of card. I then tied my sentiment to this by stamping using these colours and then placing both panels on coloured card.

This was a great theme for me this month, it has given me the chance to get back to what I really enjoy about this hobby, playing with inks and stamps. I have used 4 of Sarahs stamps sets, onto white Neenah cardstock, colour tinted with various distress inks see my blog for more details).
I couldn't resist using the new stamp set from Sarah's latest 'Favourites Kit' (the garland in top of background), along with the large background Ledger stamp, Christmas mail set & Christmas cracker set


I used the stripes from the Halloween Witch Girl Doodle Doll stamp set to make my "wallpaper" background, I used the Fireplace Kisses stamp set for the fireplace and the mistletoe on the wall. The girl and the sentiment are from the Be Amazing Doodle Doll stamp set, and the holly and snowflake are in the Jolly Holly Tag stamp set. I coloured the dress in with Flexmarkers and used Distress Inks on the fireplace. Full details are on my blog.

I have created my background by using Sarah's 6x6 Hexagon Mask.  I covered the mask with Versamark and ran it through my Grand Calibur to emboss.  I heat embossed with clear embossing powder and then stamped the book print stamp from the Mini Textures Stamp Set, die cut a shape, and sponged some ink over it.  I used the book print stamp again on the from of the card but this time in white ink.  I printed some embellishments from Sarah's brand new digi kit The Most Wonderful Time to add to my card.


I've used papers from Sarah's latest digi kit The Most Wonderful Time
to create a paper patchwork background. The snowman is also from the kit and is coloured with ProMarkers and the sentiment is from Sarah's Hand Drawn Roses stamp set.


My background's made with Sarah's chevron mask and silver acrylic paint over a blue glimmer mist. The images are from the fabulous new The Most Wonderful Time digi kit. Of course there has to be a bit of glitter too!

All products can be bought on Sarah's online shop, check it out here!

Now it's your turn!

 You have until Sunday 29th December and the winners will be posted on Wednesday 1st January.

Good luck!!

Clare x 

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Bonfire Brights Winners

Hi everyone! It's Sharon here with the winners of the Bonfire Brights challenge. Hard to narrow it down but here goes!

1. Barbara
2. Patricia
3. Jean

Please email Sarah  for your prizes.(link at top of sidebar)

Thanks to everyone who played along and please look out for the new challenge tomorrow.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Challenge 86 - Bonfire Brights

Hi! It's Sharon here and it's my first challenge! I've chosen Bonfire Brights for the theme this month. 
I love Bonfire Night, the bright reds, oranges and yellows of the bonfire and the multi coloured fireworks.

I made an ATC for the challenge. The papers are from the fabulous Journaled365 kit which I printed out and coloured with Aquatone pencils. The sentiment is from Sarah's Stars Stamp set. Couldn't resist a bit of sparkly glitter as sparklers are the highlight of my bonfire night! (Please make sure you all stay safe on Bonfire Night by following the firework safety code-sorry, that's the nurse in me speaking!)

I hope you can join us in our challenge this month and can't wait to see your creations!
And while you're here, don't forget to check out the inspiring things the DT have made.

For my Bonfire Bright card I have used the pennants from the Hello Sunshine for my bonfire/firework and the leaves from Be Amazing which have been coloured and stickles added
and the stars from Wish upon a Star which were embossed then I added assorted gems.

I've used the chevron stripe stencil  with texture paste on my journal background, the Doodle Home stamps set and stars, sequins and journaling cut-outs from Septembers Kit club.

I made this card using images and sentiments from Sarah's Doodle Home stamp set. The designer paper is from the Monthly Kit Club which I love! Punched stars, a memory box fence die and candy dots coloured using a black Promarker was added to add more detail.

I created a bookmarker in Photoshop using Sarahs Spook Street kit. I love this kit and love that it works for me all year around! I used the adorable Angelica Strange on it and added in lots of elements from the kit, keeping it in theme with bonfire bright colours - so much fun!!

I made a shaker card using stamp combinations from Sarah. For the background I used the Large Texture stamp while the sentiment is from the Sentiments Stamp. I also stamped the stars from the Wish Upon a Star Girl stamps. I highlighted the bonfire color yellow orange which are the stars. For the papers, I used A Few of my Favorite Things Vol.1 8x8 paper collection   

I used Sarah's My Favourite Things kit to create this layout, the edges of all the papers have been distressed using an emery board. I also added some black Stickles onto the Thickers to add some extra sparkle.

I used the new Woodland Wonders Under the Stars digi kit to make this pretty card.

I have used Sarah's 'Few of my Favourite Things' kit box from August to create this card.
 I was inspired by the bright colours that reminded me of fireworks, and the embers that glow at the end of the evening on bonfire night.


I used Sarah's latest kit to create this bright, funky card.

I used Ranger Inks mixed with water to create the background.

I cut into the papers to make a banner and cut out the small flowers.

 I used Sarah's Butterfly Stamps and sprinkled some sequins.

I have used star paper from the Back to School kit and woodgrain paper from the Say Cheese kit. The sentiment is part of Sarah's Handdrawn Roses stamp set

I have used Sarah's Halloween Edition Doodle Doll Stamp Set to create the checked background and the Good Witch, which have been heat embossed.  Together with the crackle background using the

We look forward to seeing your projects - you have until midnight on 30th November to enter - just click below to submit your link!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Halloween Winners.

Hi, it's Carol here with the results of the Halloween Challenge. You didn't make it easy did you? So many spooktacular and fangtastic entries I was spoiled for choice. Anyway, enough of the puns, here are the top 3.

1  Jane Savage 95
2  Jensgd  21
3  Claire H  15


Please email Sarah at for your badges/prize.

Thanks again for all the super entries, and there will be a fab new challenge launched tomorrow. Hope you can join us, Carol x

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Challenge 85 - Halloween

Hi, it's Carol here and it's my first time of hosting the challenge so please be gentle with me. For the theme of the challenge I picked "Halloween", it is a time of the year I love. I mean what is not to love about witches, ghosts, sweeties and things that go bump in the night.

For my creation this month, I used stamps from the Angelica Strange and Malcolm Strange sets which are part of the fabulous newly launched Spook Street.It is perfect for this time of year, but versatile enough to use all year round.  I decided to try something different for my card and got super inky for my card, and used emboss resist techinique*faints* both of which I very rarely do.

I hope you can join us this month for a chance to win a great prize. Why not have a look at the other DT girlies creations? 

For my Halloween themed project this month I decorated a little treat bag for Halloween goodies! I used Sarah's Large Crackle Background stamp and stamped it on orange card stock. A ticket from one of the Sarah Hurley Digital Kits, distressing and a few other embellishments finished it off nicely!

I used the adorable Angelica from the brand new kit for Halloween called 31 Spook Street.


My Halloween card uses Sarah Hurley's new 31 Spook Street digi scrapbooking kit. I adore all the embellishments, papers and digi stamps, well almost everything in this set. I used Angelica Strange, the little girl in the set plus Muffin- the cat and other spooky cute elements, bats, pumpkin and others.

I've made a scrapbook layout using the papers from the 31 Spook Street collection. I added a splash of rich gold Cosmic Shimmer Ink to the cardstock, then just used 3 strips of paper from the kit which I distressed with an emery board. I added 2 journaling spots from the kit & some white fabric Thickers. 


I have created the scene by printed and decoupaging elements from the new cute Halloween kit
 31 Spook Street, I just adore the little owl.


This month I used some papers and the Star Gazer stamp from Sarah's latest 'Few of my Favourite Things' kit. The image is made up of various stamps...Dream a Little Dream and 'Be Amazing'. I created the crackling effect on her dress using one of the mini background stamps. More details are on my blog.

This month I have used a witch image from the Witching hour which I have coloured with Promarkers. I then covered the tag with papers from 31 Spook Street.
The element are all from the sticker sheet in the Witching Hour pack.
I finished the tag off with ribbons from my own 


I have used some of the fabulous papers from 31 Spook Street to make a bright
Halloween Card.

I have also used the fang-tastic (see what I did there) 31 Spook Street kit to make my ghostly drawers ;)

Stop by my Blog for more deets


I used Spook street to create this card with Serif software then printed and arranged with physical products and used with some halloween stamps.

I used the fabulous new 31 Spook Street to make a Halloween card -couldn't resist pumpkin-ing my ukulele too!

I have used images and papers from Sarah's latest kit '31 Spook Street' to make a wall hanging...

We look forward to seeing your entries this month, thanks for popping by.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Autumn Glow Winners Post

Hi everyone,

Jess again to announce our top three entries in the Autumn Glow Challenge.

Myself and the team would to thank everyone for taking part.  All the entries have been amazing and it's been so difficult to narrow it down to just three!! 

Our Autumn Glow Top 3 are......... (drumroll please!)

1.  Alica - Entry 31
2.  Brenda - Entry 24
3.  Lori - Entry 109

Congratulations!!  Please contact Sarah and she will be ready and waiting with your Blog Badges/Prizes.

Thank you again, to everyone who has entered.  Keep your eyes peeled for a brand new challenge tomorrow.

See you all soon.

Jess xxx

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Challenge 84 - Autumn Glow

Hi All,

It's Jess here with September's challenge - Autumn Glow
I love this time of year, still hanging on to the warm sunny days of summer but that lovely feeling as the leaves begin to change and show off their golden tones.

Whatever your Autumnal inspiration is - we want to see your creations!

Thank you so much for visiting and joining in our fabulous Challenge.  Don't forget to have a look around all of the DT's Blogs for some amazing inspiration.

For my Autumn Glow project, I've used papers from the Farmers Market and Scrap Basics Earth Tone Polka Dots Digital Kits to make my sun-ray background.  I've then punched leaves in the same papers to create an Autumn Wreath.  I've added die cut shapes and ribbon too.

For my Autumn Glow card I have used the leaf from the Odds and Ends set
and the small leaves from the Be Amazing set to make flower which I have stamped in assorted inks and coloured with a waterbrush. The sentiment is from the New Sentiment set. For more instructions on the card please check out my blog.

For my project I have used the Hexagon mask using orange ink over orange card to give a two tone orange 'glow'! I also used some Burlap from a Sarah Hurley kit and some wooden shapes from the Sarah Hurley range too. I used texture paste through a small hexagon stencil on the Kraft tag and when dry swiped over it with two colours of orange inks for more warm glow.

I used a piece of green spotted paper from the Picnic in the Park digital kit and the stamps are all from the In the Garden stamp set. 

I decided to make an "Indian Summer" themed Autumn card. I made a little Indian Girl, complete with feather headdress using "Be Amazing Girl Stamps", stamped her dress with stars from "Wish Upon A Star Girl" set. I made the background and the banner for the sentiment using "Borders, Corners & Banners" set. The sentiment came from "Sentiment Stamps". Full details are on my blog.

I have random piece of felt in my craft stash and most of them reflect the colours of autumn. I then took the autumn leaves in Sarah Hurley's Farmers Market Autumn Fall themed digital scrapbooking kit as pattern to cut the leaves. I also used combined digi papers from Farmers Market and the Bookworm digi kit, you will see this in the bottom strips of paper and the background.   

I coloured a manilla tag using Dried Marigold & Scattered Straw Distress Inks, then ran it through a Tim Holtz Alteration Embossing folder & rubbed Cinnamon Stickles all over the tag. I used the Dream a Little Dream Doodle Doll stamp & coloured her in using Blush, Spice & Saffron Promarkers. I stamped the Be Amazing from the Be Amazing Doodle Doll stamp set & attached it to the tag, I also added some Hero Arts felt leaves& some little gems. I added on of Sarah's teeny chipboard starts to the girls dress & a butterfly to her hair.

I made a tag using Sarah's New Home and  Mini Background stamps.The tag itself is a Sizzix die using white card stock and acetate. The acetate was coloured using Tim Holtz alcohol inks. For more details please check out my blog here!

I have used a mix of papers from Sarah's Digi Kits. The dotty papers are from the Farmers Market Digi Kit and the woodgrain paper is from the Kissing Booth Digi Kit. For more info please visit my blog here.

When I think Autumn, my first first thought turns to squirrels and them foraging for acorns. So I have used various elements of Sarah's  repertoire, to create this mixed media card. The tag, faux washi tape and acorns are printed from Sarah's Farmer's Market Digi Kit along with the lettering. The background paper is from Sarahs range of 8x8 papers, and over stamped with three stamps (arrows, zig-zag and polka dot)

I have used a mix of papers from Sarah's Farmers Market, Curio and Bookworm Digi Kits and also 
a couple of the fab stamps from Sarah's Everyday Sayings Set.

We look forward to seeing your projects - you have until midnight on 29th September to enter - just click below to submit your link!