Thursday, 31 July 2014

I Phone 5 Cover Insert

Today, I  (Susie) am lucky enough to be back as guest designer for Sarah Hurley and thought I'd make something different. My beloved iPhone 5 has a clear cover and I decided that my existing paper insert needed changed. And I decided that some nice bright pink and teal was in order! These papers are from Sarah's A Few of My Favourite Things kits, as are the rose, flower and leaves.

To start with, I measured clear plastic part of my cover. For my iPhone 5 cover, this was 5.9cm wide and 12.4cm long.

I cut my chosen paper to these measurements and rounded each corner with my corner punch:

 I'm a bit of a control freak, so I placed the paper inside the cover to check the fit. Whilst it was there, I marked the hole for the camera. Then, I removed it and cut out the hole with a craft knife:

I then checked the fit again and cut a tiny bit extra out.

Then the fun can begin and you can decorate however you like. BUT definitely keep it flat and with not too many layers, otherwise the cover won't fit the phone properly (I tried with a lovely bit of daisy ribbon, but it was too thick!). As you can see, I opted for a few paper layers, some stamped flowers/leaves and Stickles in Silver and Stardust to complete them.

Papers, flowers and leaves - My Favourite Things Kit
Stickles - Stardust and Silver
Happy crafting!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Love Hearts Card

Hi all, Nicole here today to share a cute card project that gets you some use out of your scraps and dies! I started with a left over piece of pink card from Sarah Hurley papers - it was too narrow for a card front however.
 So I cut a strip of grey down to the same height and sellotaped them together from behind just using sellotape.

This is the result of this...

I then used a set of heart dies from Lawn Fawn and laid these out on my card and held them in place with some washi tape.

This is how the panel looked when die cut...

You could stop at this stage and simply mount this down onto a craft card base...

I however took it a step further and used up some other scraps of the Sarah Hurley papers. The fun chevron pattern went well with the design.

I stamped a sentiment in Dove Grey ink.
 This is the complete card....
I hope you enjoyed this and it inspired you to use up those scraps and those nesting dies!

Monday, 28 July 2014


Evening all!

Tonight I have the winners of our celebration challenge.

It was a rather special one as you know 4 years since our first challenge eeeek! So without further ado......

First -  No 23 Elly

Second - No 20 Jane

Third - No 12 Heather

Congratulations ladies please contact Sarah to claim your prizes and blog badges.

Our next challenge goes live on August 5th hope you can join us, until then happy crafting

Clare x

Friday, 25 July 2014

Love Is all around

Happy Friday everyone!

Today we have the lovely Susie back again with a stunning card and here is whats she's got to say.....

I am so happy to be back as Guest Designer for Sarah Hurley, having more fun with bits and pieces from the A Few of My Favourite Things kits.

After looking at all the items for a while, I decided that the hearts were speaking to me most- must have been because it was my wedding anniversary! I absolutely adore turquoise and teal and I love this zig zag paper with it, especially when you can team it with a matching zigzag heart!

I used my Clearly Besotted sentiment, together with an abundance of cut and positioned hearts, from the A Few of My Favourite Things kits. There was even a sparkly heart button to add to the ensemble!! To complete my card, I added some Stardust Stickles to the zigzag paper and Silver Stickles to the hearts - I love the fact that you can glitter the hearts, or colour them, or keep them simple!
Now, just a wee reminder that your fabulous creations can be added to the Sarah Hurley challenge and the current theme is Celebrations.

Paper, hearts, sparkly heart button all from A Few of My Favourite Things kits

Happy crafting!

Susie x

Thursday, 24 July 2014

A CAS Get Well Card

Hello, it's Carol here today to share my latest make with you all. It has been glorious weather here in Glasgow, unfortunately the heat doesn't agree with me, so perfect excuse to stay indoors in a cool craftroom with a fan on and an ice lolly lol.

I like to keep a wee stash of cards for emergencies, or incase Mr Mojo goes on holiday! And I thought I would make a quick "Get Well" card using 3 sets of stamps from Sarah's Shop

I sometimes have a wee nosey on Pinterest first, and then put my take on it, and I did that with this one. First I cut a piece of white card and punched the edge to make it look like a page from a notebook, I then stamped 3 jars on it from the Odds & Ends Stamp Set, I then stamped a supercute ladybird in one of the jars, and this little cutie is in the Woodland Fairy Stamps by Clare Brown . The sentiment came from Sarah's Sentiment Stamps. Inside the card it says "I heard you caught a bug" I coloured the jars and ladybird in with Promarkers and Flexmarkers.

Jar stamp from Odds & End Stamp Set
Get Well Soon stamp from Sentiments Stamps
Coloured with Dove Grey FM, Poppy, Red, Ice Grey 2&3 PMs
EK Success Punch
Kraft card blank.

I hope you like this card, and it gives you some ideas for doing something different.

Remember there is still time to enter our Challenge

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A bit of nostalgia with a retro card.

It's my brothers birthday coming up and he's a bit of a bike fanatic. When making my card for him I knew I'd use the "On Your Bike" stamp set from my own collection as it features the trike we both had when we were little. Well actually it was always mine but I let him use it when he was a toddler! I was a generous sister like that :)

I stamped it with Memento ink so I could use my Promarkers to colour it in. I used a Sizzix polaroid die to cut it out which has a separate centre panel. This meant I could take it out and use Distress ink to add some ageing along with some water spots. I popped the centre back into the frame and used some foam pads to mount it onto the background. The background too was given an ageing treatment with Distress ink and water spots.

I layered up a film strip with some notebook edge and the Notebook Paper washi tape was attached to a piece of wax paper and put into my typewriter so I could add a little text.

I wonder if any of you had the same little bike or similar?

Jaine x

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Woodland Fairy

Hello and welcome to the Sarah Hurley 365 blog.

Today it's my turn (Clare) to post and this time I decided to create a layout using my own range of stamps. Here I have used my Woodland and Garden Fairy stamp sets which are available in Sarah's shop as part of her Special Edition range.

With any project I usually find a sketch, mine is from Scrap 365 but you could however design your own.The papers I used are from Sarah's A Few Of My Favourite Things them!

I thought I'd try a bit of masking too, I used a large post it note to stamp on which was then cut out and placed over the main fairy image.

 The mushroom house was then stamped and the fact they are clear like all Sarah's stamps makes it really easy to position.

I recently purchased one of Sarah's acrylic stamp blocks which are just new in, I'm really impressed by the quality and they come in a variety of sizes.

I stamped a little bumble bee and swirl  directly on to the layout. Then some bunting was stamped,cut out and foam squares were added to give some depth. The same was done for the sentiment.

Finally I added some embellishments. The flowers are a Sizzix die, The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch and the circles are the spots from a Hello Kitty die also made by Sizzix.

Both main images were coloured using Promarkers, here's a list of colours

dress - starfish and turquoise
hair - caramel,cinnamon and putty
skin - light fawn
mushroom - pale blue,chestnut,poppy,green shoot and putty.

I don't normally use glitter but I thought it would be perfect for her wings, belt and shoes. Here's the finished result.

and a couple of close ups

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget our new monthly challenge ends on the 28th.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Celebrate Family

Morning all. Lisa here to share some inspiration. Unfortunately my Little Princess has been poorly so in lieu of a new creation I thought I would give you a closer look at my challenge piece…

For once it isn’t a card! It uses a fabulous stamp set designed by our very own Jaine Drake. The stamps are called Tweet Tweet and can be found here in Sarah’s Shop.

As I said before it’s not a card and I’m not quite sure what it is but I was playing with the stamps and had my watercolour paints out and this just kinda happened. I’m not into journaling or anything like that but I think I may pop this into a little folder and maybe add to it now and then, when the mood strikes.

I stamped everything in waterproof ink onto watercolour card. The central square included some masking as the coloured panel is all one piece. Here is a close up picture…

The colour has been added using watercolour pans and a water brush and I’ve also sponged some of the paint through one of Sarah’s stencils. The details have been added with a WoS brush pen, a ProMarker and a silver gel pen.


  • Tweet Tweet stamp set by Jaine Drake
  • Paints: Water colour pans
  • Inks: Archival ‘Jet Black’
  • Embellishments: Dymo Label Maker, Silver Gel Pen, Calligraphy Pen and clock embellishment from one of Sarah’s A Few of My Favourite Things kits

Thanks for stopping by


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Please Welcome Susie

Hi how is everyone today? A few weeks ago we asked the lovely and very talented Susie to join us as a guest designer and luckily for us she said yes!! So it's bye from me (Clare) and a huge hello to Susie and here is what she has to say......

Contrary to many crafters I know, I LOVE making boys' cards! My style is fairly clean and simple, definitely un-fussy and this, I think, suits male cards rather well.
So, for these cards, made for twins, I have used Special Editions Stamps Sid the Robot by Clare Brown. He has been coloured with Promarkers and Stickles - in my experience, boys like a little bit of bling too!
I have used scraps of paper from various Few of My Favourite Things Kits, all pieced together to make a larger background. A strip of irridescent mesh (from AFew of My Favourite Things Kit) and ribbon from my stash has been added, which provides a little texture (and a bit more bling).
So, with the same character and ingredients, I have made two cards which are the same, but different!! Do you have a favourite?
Now, just a wee reminder that your fabulous creations can be added to the Sarah Hurley challenge and the current theme is Celebrations!!

Quick ingredients list:

Image - Special Editions Stamps Sid the Robot by Clare Brown
Papers and irridescent mesh - A Few of My Favourite Things Kits
Age and Name - Clearly Besotted Basic Alphabet and Basic Numbers

Happy crafting, folks!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Sweet Cross Stitch

Morning, Claire N back with you and sharing something different today.
Did you know that Sarah also designs cross stitch kits?
Sarah asked me to stitch up one of the first kits, and of course I obliged. I find it so relaxing, usually in the evening while I'm watching TV, but these super little designs (approx 3inch in size) come together so quickly, so if you are new to cross stitching you really feel like you've achieved something fairly early on in the project.

Each of the kits come supplied with a clear easy to follow pattern guide, all the threads required and a needle. This is the second design, so check out the shop here for the first kit (or here where I have previously stitched and blogged about it) 

Thanks for joining me today x

Monday, 14 July 2014

Card for a new arrival.

Hello, it's Carol here today and I am going to share my make for this month's Celebrations Challenge.  

I decided to make a Baby Card for a change as it is something that is always handy to have in your card box.

1 Ink up the Chevron Background stamp with two different type of Brilliance Pearlescent inks, cover with clear embossing powder, then heat with a heat gun.

2 Cut out the Baby Journaling card twice on your electronic cutting machine. Carefully cut out the word and use Black Soot DI and place on to the chevrons. 

3 Ink up the stars from the Wish Upon A Star Doodle Doll stamps, and stamp them onto the journaling card, cover with clear embossing powder and heat.

4 Using two different shades of DI, distress  the journaling card, leaving the word white. Attach over the other word with 3D foam to add some dimension.

5 Pop the chevron layer onto some co-ordination paper, then stick to a card blank.


VersaMark, Brilliance and Distress Inks.
Clear Embossing Powder.

Hope you like this card, and it shows you that journaling cards can be used for more than scrapbooking or Project Life.

There is still time to enter our Challenge,why not have a go with a chance to win some great prizes.

Thanks for popping by today, Carol x

Saturday, 12 July 2014

DIY note cards

Happy Saturday every one! It's Ria here today.

For my project share, I did half a dozen of 3x3 note cards using two stamp sets, Cupcake & Be Mine sets, both from Sarah Hurley.

I have been keeping these 3x3 note cards for some time in my stash but didn't know how I will be consuming them all with those bold colors. A better way then is to do some decorations and just play with the stamps I already have.

Just a quick look on the supplies that I have used:

I cut the patterned paper a little smaller than my 3x3 card base and also die cut vellum with a circle die. I wanted to have my main stamped images to be my focal point and vellum will keep part of the pattern paper to be subdued in color.

I then stamped random images from the two stamp sets. I used the big ones here, cupcake, party hat, typewriter, some of the leaves and the jar.

I colored the images with promarker. For the cupcake, I did it two ways, one was paper pieced (pink frosting) while the other was colored with promarker (purple frosting), just trying out some variety.

For the rest of my stamped images, I colored them with promarker.
Here's what I got with all the images, ready to be used.

For the base, I added a strip of fabric tape for some texture and grounding of the image. I just inserted the vellum over the fabric tape to hold it in place.

I also stamped part of the envelope with the same chosen images used also in my main card.

Then, I assembled the images and put each a bow while the other two with wood veneer x for some fun texture. I keep the image offset in the left as I don't want them to be too centered, just keeping a little playfulness in the layout.

A closer look to one of the note card, assembled..

That's it! I can now use any of these whenever I need to, for a birthday, an occasion, or just to write a note to someone, just because.

Supplies used:
Be Mine Scrapbooking kit
Special edition stamps - Cupcake by Jaine Drake
Be Mine stamp set
Resin Neon bow
Veneers from kit
3x3 blank Note cards and envelopes
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Vellum, fabric tape

Until next time!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Party Invites

I thought I'd share my creation for this month's challenge today, as you know the theme is Celebrate as we're celebrating 4 years since Sarah Hurley Challenges began, so what better way to celebrate than to have a party.
Having a child in primary school means I get a fair few party invitations coming home in my daughters school bag, sometimes several in one week *sigh*
But I never get any handmade ones so I thought I'd have a play around and see what I could come up with...

I started by cutting a piece of yellow cardstock to 6x4 inches, then cut some of the turquoise paper from one of Sarah's AFOMFT kits slightly smaller so that you can see a border of the yellow card behind it. I used some Bakers Twine & Hot Pink Washi tape for bunting, just cut strips of washi tape, fold in half over the Bakers Twine & cut a little triangle out of each one, I attached the ends of the bakers twine to the back of the turquoise paper so they will be hidden from view, then I attached the turquoise paper to the yellow cardstock.

I coloured the Princess Girl Doodle Doll stamps using Promakers (Blush, Dusky Pink, Vanilla, Mustard, Lemon, Rose pink) and attached her to the card using 3d foam pads, then using Sarah's Block Alpha stamps - these ones are my favourite alpha stamps ever - I stamped the words "you are invited" onto scraps of coloured papers from various AFOMFT kits, I cut each one out, inked  the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink & attached  them with 3d foam pads, as a final touch I doodled some borders around the edge of the card & paper and then sprinkled some little sparkly stars over it & glued them where they landed. 
The details of the party can be written on the back of the yellow card.

Well that's all from me, thanks for stopping by.
Hope to see you soon

Saturday, 5 July 2014


Hello and welcome to our amazing blog.

This month we have a very special challenge for you but before I (Clare) spill the beans we would like to say a huge thank you to all of that entered out Summer Brights challenge. You can check our post here to see if you have been chosen as one of 3 winners.

So now lets get back to this months challenge and why we have chosen the theme  CELEBRATIONS'. Heres' a little hint onto what we are celebrating....

Yip it's our 4th birthday here and having been here since the very first challenge I can honestly say it has been an amazing experience watching and playing a little part in Sarah's journey. I am also surrounded by an amazing and talented design team, all very different in style and all I call my friends.

Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see this months prizes and to add your entry.

And here's inspiration from the design team.....

This month I decided to create a layout using the following products..

Stamps - Block Alpha
                       Be Amazing Girl 
                               Chevron Background
                   Dates and time
                 Mini Textures
                                                             Team Hurley - designed only for the DT

Papers - A Few Of My Favourite Things monthly kit

I have altered a slate heart as a present-I used Sarah's Butterflies stamps to emboss onto the slate with white embossing powder. More details on my blog :-)

I have used some new stamp sets that Sarah is to release soon (the flowers and the birds). I've also used plenty of embossing powder, firstly to enhance the flowers, and also through a couple of different stencils to add a layered textured effect.

I've made a party invite using papers from Sarah's AFOMFT kit, Princess Doodle Doll Stamp, Block Alpha Stamp, a bit of washi tape & some sparkly silver stars...

Happy Birthday card made with my own Cupcake stamp set from the Special Editions range.

I created this fun tag using some of Sarah's papers. I used the chevron for the tag base and some of the wood grain for the banner on the tag. The sentiment comes from one of the printable kits. The whale is a cutting file that Sarah has up over in the Silhouette store, I love this guy! I stamped his eye with a stamp from the zombie girl doodle doll set and drew on his mouth. The sequins make a little trail of bubbles that he is blowing....

I made a baby card using one of Sarah's Journalling cards from the Silhouette Store. I also used the Chevron Background stamp and the wee stars are from the Wish Upon A Star Doodle Doll Stamps. Full details of how I made the card are on my blog.

A simple stamped make from me using the fabulous Special Editions Tweet Tweet Stamp Set

I created a happy card to celebrate a birthday using Sarah's A Few of my Favorite Things March kit. I love those ticket tabs. I also added a sequin that I also got from one of Sarah's kits. Those stars in the Snip N Stick sheet just add more fun to this card too isn't it?


 First place - £10 voucher for Sarah's shop
 Second place - a blog badge ( email Sarah)
 Third place - a blog badge ( email Sarah)

This months special prize for one lucky winner drawn from entries using any of Sarah's products is.....